The most memorable jersey ever worn by each NHL playoff team
Los Angeles Kings
If you squint hard enough, it looks like that's a Los Angeles Laker and not a Los Angeles King. These alternates pay homage to sweaters worn in the '60s and '70s, but they'd probably be better served hanging up in a museum somewhere instead of still appearing on the ice. The crown itself is phenomenal, but the awful purple and yellow color scheme more than cancels out any swag that the logo brings to the jersey.
San Jose Sharks
On the list of the coolest things on Earth, a shark checks in near the top, right after Liam Neeson in 'Taken' and just before rockets. So, as far as mascots go, you can't do much better than this deep-sea predator. Kudos to San Jose for making sure the shark gets the proper treatment on all of its sweaters — they could've gone with a friendly-looking animal but wisely chose to make it look intimidating instead — yet it's this black one that really gets the job done.
These Nashville uni's are sort of like the Kings from a few slides before: There's a magnificent logo that's being suffocated by a dreadful color scheme. This time, it's a mustardy yellow that's erasing the style points created by the Predator. Whoever gave the final go-ahead for this look definitely likes the way cargo shorts look with socks and sandals, too. Just a questionable decision.
This early edition of the Ducks' uni's will make every '90's kid tear up a little, since it was first seen in the 'Mighty Ducks' movies that came out during that decade. When the team dropped 'Mighty' from its name, they also dropped these jerseys, which was a borderline travesty. The franchise has become more successful as its grown older, but their sweater design has yet to match what it once was.
St. Louis Blues
For a team named the Blues, that sure is an obnoxious amount of red. From 1995-1998, St. Louis thought that broad stripe was a smart fashion choice. Well, there's only one 'great' thing in this photo, and it absolutely isn't the uniform.
Chicago is another team that has kept things status quo for quite some time, but when they played in the 2009 Winter Classic, they switched things up with this special occasion uni. Thankfully, it was just for one contest. Apologies to whoever had their khaki pants stolen and sewed into the middle of that jersey.
Dallas introduced these alternates in 2003, and they only lasted three years. That logo in the middle was supposed to look like Taurus, a constellation, but it ended up looking more like something very, very different. It was widely mocked, and the Stars decided to oust it in 2006 before it gave birth to more criticism. A total backfire.
Out of all the teams on this list, the Wild's jersey is probably the most average — it's neither spectacular or spectacularly bad. Sure, you'd like to see a team nicknamed after the wilderness to do something more special than what they have — both their regular jerseys and this alternate are rather plain — but being right-down-the-middle sure beats being offensive.
One thing's for sure: Mario Lemieux certainly isn't celebrating because of what he's wearing. Pittsburgh's jerseys from this era don't fly, just like real penguins. The different colored sleeves and heavy usage of gray add up to one ice cold uniform.
New York Rangers
Lady Liberty is always beautiful, and that holds true on these old alternates the Rangers used to sport. The crest, the 'NYR,' the dark navy blue, it all works for New York. Maybe one day justice will be served and this design will be brought back into existence.
The winged-P has been a mainstay on Philadelphia's sweaters, as the organization has yet to really go away from it. They're committed to it like Sixers GM Sam Hinkie was comitted to losing. That's OK, though, because the logo has become synonymous with the Flyers, and it's at its best when splashed on top of the team's orange tops. A very clean and pleasing design.
Washington's jersey game is strong, and there are a few viable choices to pick from when thinking of the team's best uniform. This alternate, though, which has made a comeback this season, is especially sweet. The red, white and blue ratio is balanced perfectly, and it's a rare retro jersey that looks smooth in the present, too.
Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings haven't done much changing in their uniforms, and for good reason: They have one of the more recognizable jerseys in sports. With that being said, they did rock this look back in the 2014 Winter Classic, and it's excellent. Like, getting-extra-cheese-on-your-pizza-but-ony-having-to-pay-for-standard-cheese levels of excellent.
Tampa Bay Lightning
So. Much. Lightning. Then, there are the rain drops — which, for some reason, are rectangular instead of looking like, you know, actual rain drops. The numbers are deplorable as well, as is that giant gray stripe that runs across the top of the sweater. One of the worst looks in all of sports, period. It's shockingly bad (get it?).
This blue secondary jersey was a puzzling misstep by the Panthers, considering how far it strayed away from their previous styles. Trying something new can be a good thing when it comes to uniforms — just not when it's so far out of line it's hard to tell what team is even wearing them.
New York Islanders
Man, the Islanders have had some unforgivable outfits, but this one is the most rotten of all. That sure is a lot of teal for one jersey, and there's a handful of confusing stripes and lines on the collar, torso and arms. Then there's the double-lighthouse thing going on with both shoulders, and an ill-conceived fisherman taking up the chest. Here's hoping that every single last one of these have been incinerated, then incinerated again just to be safe.