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The Noon Number: Blueline Blues

A look at a dearth of defensive scoring

Pittsburgh Penguins v Washington Capitals - Game Seven Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

1 - Number of goals scored by a Capitals defenseman this season, with the lone tally coming off the stick of rookie Christian Djoos.

The Caps are one of seven teams to have gotten one goal or less from their blueliners; New Jersey and Detroit are also stuck at one goal from the defense, while Minnesota, San Jose, the Islanders and Buffalo all awaiting their first.

That said, both the Devils and Red Wings have gotten more production overall out of their defensemen, with 19 and 12 points respectively - the Caps are tied for the fifth-lowest point total from defenders, with just nine points so far.

Among Caps blueliners, John Carlson leads the way with four points through seven games; Djoos has two points, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, and Aaron Ness each have an assist... and we’re still looking for a point from Taylor Chorney and (more notably) Dmitry Orlov.