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Fewest Goals from Defensemen on a Team, Post-Expansion

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Fewest Goals from Defensemen on a Team, Post-Expansion

Not an exhaustive search of every team's stats, rather I scanned through the "likely suspects" from 1967-68 forward and didn't go past 1980-81. Anyone more familiar with the dead puck era can fill in any teams from there.

The winner by a longshot:

68-69 MINNESOTA - 6 goals
Nanne - 2
Rupp - 2
Vasko - 1
Boivin - 1
McMahon - 0 (traded midseason, scored 14 the previous year!)
Hillman - 0
Reid - 0
MacKenzie - 0

Other teams with fewer than 20 goals from their rearguards:

69-70 Minnesota - 11
72-73 California - 12
67-68 Toronto - 13
72-73 Atlanta - 14
72-73 Islanders - 15
74-75 Kansas City - 15
70-71 Buffalo - 15
74-75 Washington - 16
70-71 Philadelphia - 17
71-72 Buffalo - 17
72-73 Buffalo - 17
75-76 Kansas City - 18
78-79 Vancouver - 19
79-80 Quebec - 19
80-81 Winnipeg - 19
67-68 Montreal - 19 *- CUP WINNER
69-70 LA - 19
71-72 LA - 19, and the only team on the list with a D-man in double figures with Gilles Marotte at 10 goals


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11-12 Minnesota: 14
02-03 Columbus: 17
03-04 Washington: 19
02-03 Carolina: 19

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The winner by a longshot:

68-69 MINNESOTA - 6 goals
Nanne - 2
Rupp - 2
Vasko - 1
Boivin - 1
McMahon - 0 (traded midseason, scored 14 the previous year!)
Hillman - 0
Reid - 0
MacKenzie - 0
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+ Bob Mccord - 4 Goals and Larry Hillman - 1 Goal


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1970-71 Buffalo Sabres

DEFGamesGOALS
Barrie Doug754
Watson Jim A.782
Hamilton Al692
Pratt Tracy761
Talbot Jean Guy570
Myers Hap130
Mcmahon Mike Jr.120
Terbenche Paul30
Lagace Jean-Guy30
Ball Terry20
Lacombe Francois10

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08-09 Lightning 12 goals.

The worst blueline I have seen ever.

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+ Bob Mccord - 4 Goals and Larry Hillman - 1 Goal
Oops, missed the Hillman brother, and hockeydb.com had McCord listed as a forward so that's where I got messed up on that one.

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1970-71 Buffalo Sabres

DEFGamesGOALS
Barrie Doug754
Watson Jim A.782
Hamilton Al692
Pratt Tracy761
Talbot Jean Guy570
Myers Hap130
Mcmahon Mike Jr.120
Terbenche Paul30
Lagace Jean-Guy30
Ball Terry20
Lacombe Francois10
Again, hockeydb.com had Reg Fleming listed as a D-man with 6 goals, and I know he's played both forward and defense in his career so probably no way of knowing how many of those 6 came from the blueline that season.

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With the correction to 68-69 Minnesota, they are now tied with their 69-70 counterparts at 11... and the 70-71 Sabres could very well be first with only 9 goals if none of Reg Fleming's 6 tallies came from the backline. He's listed as forward on hockey-reference.com and they have McCord's position right so they might be the more reliable source.

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Lockout to lockout NJ Devils were the worst.


2005-06 New Jersey Devils = 24 (101 points, Won Division)


2006-2007 New Jersey Devils = 18 (107 points, Won Division)
B. Rafalski - 8
B. Lukowich - 4
P. Martin - 3
J. Oduya - 2
A. Greene - 1


2007-08 New Jersey Devils = 26 (99 points, 4th seed)


2008-09 New Jersey Devils = 19 (106 points, Won Division)
J. Oduya - 7
P. Martin - 5
B. Salvador - 3
A. Greene - 2
C. White - 1
M. Mottau - 1


2009-2010 New Jersey Devils = 26 (103 points, Won Division)


2010-11 New Jersey Devils = 18 (81 points, did not qualify)
H. Tallinder - 5
A. Greene - 4
M. Fayne - 4
M. Taormina - 3
A. Salmela - 1
A. Urbom - 1


2011-12 New Jersey Devils = 13 (102 points, Cup Finalists)
M. Fayne - 4
M. Zidlicky - 2 (22 games)
A. Larsson - 2
A. Volchenkov - 2
A. Greene - 1
M. Taormina - 1
A. Urbom - 1

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Interesting to note the most productive blueline had the quickest playoff exit (5 games vs. NYR); the least productive blueline went to Game 6 of the SCF (of course, an uncharacteristic offensive outburst by Bryce Salvador helped this a lot). Also interesting to note that the MacLean Devils, who scored a paltry 179 goals all season long, were NOT the worst in this category - in fact, as a percent of total team production, the defense was actually a strength.

Also interesting that Jacques Lemaire, who is notorious for his uber-conservative style, tied for most productive defensemen stats, while Pete DeBoer, a coach known for his aggressive forecheck and up-tempo game that encourages defensive pinching, had the worst defensive production by a fair margin.

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