Who is the best NHL team to not win the Stanley Cup?

Based on winning percentage, the 1930 Boston Bruins had the best regular season in history at 38-5-1, but did not win the Stanley Cup. The Bruins lost to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final.

Best NHL Regular Season Records

Team Year Record Result
1 Boston Bruins 1930 38-5-1 Lost Final
2 Ottawa Senators 1919 7-1 Lost Final
3 Montreal Canadiens 1944 38-5-7 Won Final
4 Montreal Canadiens 1977 60-8-12 Won Final
5 Montreal Canadiens 1978 59-10-11 Won Final
6 Montreal Canadiens 1945 38-8-4 Lost Conf Finals
7 Detroit Red Wings 1996 62-13-7 Lost Conf Finals
8 Montreal Canadiens 1976 58-11-11 Won Final
9 Boston Bruins 1971 57-14-7 Lost Conf Semi
10 Boston Bruins 1939 36-10-2 Won Final
11 Montreal Canadiens 1973 52-10-16 Won Final
12 Boston Bruins 1972 54-13-11 Won Final
13 Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 62-16-4 Lost First Round
14 Chicago Blackhawks 2013 36-7-5 Won Final
Pittsburgh Penguins 2013 36-12 Lost Conf Finals
16 Edmonton Oilers 1984 57-18-5 Won Final
17 Edmonton Oilers 1986 56-17-7 Lost Conf Semi
18 New York Islanders 1982 54-16-10 Won Final
19 Philadelphia Flyers 1976 51-13-16 Lost Final
20 Calgary Flames 1989 54-17-9 Won Final
21 Detroit Red Wings 1995 33-11-4 Lost Final
22 Ottawa Senators 1927 30-10-4 Won Final
23 New York Islanders 1979 51-15-14 Lost Conf Finals
24 Philadelphia Flyers 1980 48-12-20 Lost Final
25 Boston Bruins 1974 52-17-9 Lost Final
26 Colorado Avalanche 2001 52-16-10-4 Won Final
27 Ottawa Senators 1926 24-8-4 Lost Final
28 Detroit Red Wings 1951 44-13-13 Lost Conf Finals
29 Montreal Canadiens 1989 53-18-9 Lost Final
30 Montreal Canadiens 1979 52-17-11 Won Final
31 St. Louis Blues 2000 51-19-11-1 Lost First Round
32 Philadelphia Flyers 1974 50-16-12 Won Final
33 Montreal Canadiens 1956 45-15-10 Won Final
34 Detroit Red Wings 1952 44-14-12 Won Final
35 Toronto St. Patricks 1921 10-4 Lost Final
36 Pittsburgh Penguins 1993 56-21-7 Lost Conf Semi
37 Detroit Red Wings 2002 51-17-10-4 Won Final
38 Detroit Red Wings 2006 58-16-8 Lost First Round
39 Philadelphia Flyers 1985 53-20-7 Lost Final
40 Boston Bruins 1978 51-18-11 Lost Final
Philadelphia Flyers 1975 51-18-11 Won Final
42 Buffalo Sabres 1975 49-16-15 Lost Final
43 Boston Bruins 1976 48-15-17 Lost Conf Finals
44 Montreal Canadiens 1975 47-14-19 Lost Conf Finals
45 Boston Bruins 1931 28-10-6 Lost Conf Finals
46 Ottawa Senators 2003 52-21-8-1 Lost Conf Finals
47 Philadelphia Flyers 1977 48-16-16 Lost Conf Finals
48 Montreal Canadiens 1962 42-14-14 Lost Conf Finals
49 New York Rangers 1971 49-18-11 Lost Conf Finals
50 New York Rangers 1972 48-17-13 Lost Final
Team Year Record Result
1 Detroit Red Wings 1996 62-13-7 Lost Conf Finals
2 Tampa Bay Lightning 2019 62-16-4 Lost First Round
3 Montreal Canadiens 1977 60-8-12 Won Final
4 Montreal Canadiens 1978 59-10-11 Won Final
5 Montreal Canadiens 1976 58-11-11 Won Final
6 Detroit Red Wings 2006 58-16-8 Lost First Round
7 Boston Bruins 1971 57-14-7 Lost Conf Semi
8 Edmonton Oilers 1984 57-18-5 Won Final
9 Edmonton Oilers 1986 56-17-7 Lost Conf Semi
10 Pittsburgh Penguins 1993 56-21-7 Lost Conf Semi
11 Washington Capitals 2016 56-18-8 Lost Conf Semi
12 Washington Capitals 2017 55-19-8 Lost Conf Semi
13 Boston Bruins 1972 54-13-11 Won Final
14 New York Islanders 1982 54-16-10 Won Final
15 Calgary Flames 1989 54-17-9 Won Final
16 Tampa Bay Lightning 2018 54-23-5 Lost Conf Finals
Anaheim Ducks 2014 54-20-8 Lost Conf Semi
Boston Bruins 2014 54-19-9 Lost Conf Semi
Vancouver Canucks 2011 54-19-9 Lost Final
Washington Capitals 2010 54-15-13 Lost First Round
Detroit Red Wings 2008 54-21-7 Won Final
22 Montreal Canadiens 1989 53-18-9 Lost Final
23 Philadelphia Flyers 1985 53-20-7 Lost Final
24 Philadelphia Flyers 1986 53-23-4 Lost First Round
25 Nashville Predators 2018 53-18-11 Lost Conf Semi
New York Rangers 2015 53-22-7 Lost Conf Finals
San Jose Sharks 2009 53-18-11 Lost First Round
Boston Bruins 2009 53-19-10 Lost Conf Semi
Buffalo Sabres 2007 53-22-7 Lost Conf Finals
Dallas Stars 2006 53-23-6 Lost First Round
31 Montreal Canadiens 1973 52-10-16 Won Final
32 Boston Bruins 1974 52-17-9 Lost Final
33 Colorado Avalanche 2001 52-16-10-4 Won Final
34 Montreal Canadiens 1979 52-17-11 Won Final
35 Ottawa Senators 2003 52-21-8-1 Lost Conf Finals
36 New York Rangers 1994 52-24-8 Won Final
37 Winnipeg Jets 2018 52-20-10 Lost Conf Finals
St. Louis Blues 2014 52-23-7 Lost First Round
Colorado Avalanche 2014 52-22-8 Lost First Round
Chicago Blackhawks 2010 52-22-8 Won Final
Ottawa Senators 2006 52-21-9 Lost Conf Semi
Buffalo Sabres 2006 52-24-6 Lost Conf Finals
Carolina Hurricanes 2006 52-22-8 Won Final
44 Philadelphia Flyers 1976 51-13-16 Lost Final
45 New York Islanders 1979 51-15-14 Lost Conf Finals
46 St. Louis Blues 2000 51-19-11-1 Lost First Round
47 Detroit Red Wings 2002 51-17-10-4 Won Final
48 Boston Bruins 1978 51-18-11 Lost Final
Philadelphia Flyers 1975 51-18-11 Won Final
50 Dallas Stars 1999 51-19-12 Won Final

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