What is the maximum number of NHL teams?
There does not seem to be information on the maximum number of NHL teams in the league. However, the maximum numbers of players on an NHL team is eighty players.
Were the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets the 31st and 32nd teams to enter the NHL and how come there are only 30 now?
Answer No, the Wild and Blue Jackets were the 29th and 30th teams to enter the NHL. They entered the league in the 2000-2001 season and both were placed in the Western Conference to balance the number of teams in each conference. The season prior there were 15 teams in the Eastern Conference and 13 in the Western Conference. There never has been more than 30 teams in the NHL.