The 50 Worst Teams in NHL History

Jeff Langridge@@JeffLangridge1Correspondent IIIApril 19, 2011

The 50 Worst Teams in NHL History

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    Springtime. It's usually time for hockey fans to watch the best hockey teams of the year play each other in the playoffs. That's not what I'm here for.

    When you have the best teams, you also have the worst. Over the years, there have been some pretty weak performances.

    To compose this slideshow, I took every NHL team that has ever existed since the leagues' start in 1917 and went through each team's points percentage for every season that they played.

    For the uninitiated, points percentage is calculated by taking the total points earned by a team in the regular season, and dividing it by the maximum number of points they could have got. For example, this year's Vancouver Canucks had a total of 117 points. If you divide that by 164, the maximum number of points in today's NHL, you get .713. Therefore, the Canucks' points percentage for this year was .713.

    Now that the lesson's over, let's get to some facts. There have been roughly 39 teams that have played in at least one NHL season. I included teams that moved to another city as one, so the Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche are considered the same team. Only 11 of the 39 teams do not appear on this list, and most of them are the newer expansion era teams. Does that mean they were good? No. It means that the NHL's worst is getting better.

    These 50 teams are the benchmark in the NHL for poor performances that no one wants to match.

50. 1982-83 New Jersey Devils: .300

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    Record: 17-49-14

    Goals For: 230

    Goals Against: 338

    Leading Scorer: Aaron Broten - 16 goals, 39 assists, 55 points

    Starting Goaltender: Chico Resch - 15-35-12, 3.98 GAA

49. 1977-78 Washington Capitals: .300

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    Record: 17-49-14

    Goals For: 195

    Goals Against: 321

    Leading Scorer: Guy Charron - 38 goals, 35 assists, 73 points

    Starting Goaltender: Jim Bedard - 11-23-7, 3.66 GAA

48. 1942-43 New York Rangers: .300

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    Record: 11-31-8

    Goals For: 161

    Goals Against: 253

    Leading Scorer: Lynn Patrick - 22 goals, 39 assists, 61 points

    Starting Goaltender: Jimmy Franks - 5-14-4, 4.48 GAA

47. 1928-29 Pittsburgh Pirates: .295

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    Record: 9-27-8

    Goals For: 46

    Goals Against: 80

    Leading Scorer: Harrold Darragh - 9 goals, 3 assists, 12 points

    Starting Goaltender: Joe Miller - 9-27-8, 1.73 GAA

46. 1975-76 Minnesota North Stars: .294

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    Record: 20-53-7

    Goals For: 195

    Goals Against: 303

    Leading Scorer: Tim Young - 18 goals, 33 assists, 51 points

    Starting Goaltender: 13-27-5, 3.35 GAA

45. 1934-35 St. Louis Eagles: .292

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    Record: 11-31-6

    Goals For: 86

    Goals Against: 144

    Leading Scorer: Carl Voss - 13 goals, 18 assists, 31 points

    Starting Goaltender: Bill Beveridge - 11-31-6, 2.89 GAA

44. 1921-22 Hamilton Tigers: .292

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    Record: 7-17-0

    Goals For: 88

    Goals Against: 105

    Leading Scorer: Joe Malone - 24 goals, 7 assists, 31 points

    Starting Goaltender: Howard Lockhart - 6-17-0, 4.39 GAA

43. 1970-71 California Golden Seals: .288

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    Record: 20-53-5

    Goals For: 199

    Goals Against: 320

    Leading Scorer: Dennis Hextall - 21 goals, 31 assists, 52 points

    Starting Goaltender: Gary Smith - 19-48-4, 3.86 GAA

42. 1990-91 Quebec Nordiques: .288

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    Record: 16-50-14

    Goals For: 236

    Goals Against: 354

    Leading Scorer: Joe Sakic - 48 goals, 61 assists, 109 points

    Starting Goaltender: Ron Tugnutt - 12-29-10, 4.05 GAA

41. 1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning: .287

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    Record: 19-54-9

    Goals For: 179

    Goals Against: 292

    Leading Scorer: Darcy Tucker - 21 goals, 22 assists, 43 points

    Starting Goaltender: Corey Schwab - 8-25-3, 3.52 GAA

40. 1982-83 Hartford Whalers: .281

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    Record: 19-54-7

    Goals For: 261

    Goals Against: 403

    Leading Scorer: Ron Francis - 31 goals, 59 assists, 90 points

    Starting Goaltender: Greg Millen - 14-38-6, 4.81 GAA

39. 1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins: .281

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    Record: 18-53-9

    Goals For: 250

    Goals Against: 394

    Leading Scorer: Doug Shedden - 24 goals, 43 assists, 67 points

    Starting Goaltender: Michel Dion - 12-30-4, 4.26 GAA

38. 1977-78 Minnesota North Stars: .281

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    Record: 18-53-9

    Goals For: 218

    Goals Against: 325

    Leading Scorer: Roland Eriksson - 21 goals, 39 assists, 60 points

    Starting Goaltender: Pete LoPresti - 12-35-6, 4.23 GAA

37. 1940-41 New York Americans: .281

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    Record: 8-29-7

    Goals For: 99

    Goals Against: 186

    Leading Scorer: Lorne Carr - 13 goals, 19 points assists, 32 points

    Starting Goaltender: Earl Robertson - 6-22-8, 3.77 GAA

36. 1918-19 Toronto Arenas: .277

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    Record: 5-13-0

    Goals For: 65

    Goals Against: 92

    Leading Scorer: Alf Skinner - 12 goals, 3 assists, 15 points

    Starting Goaltender: Bert Lindsay - 5-11-0, 4.99 GAA

35. 1930-31 Ottawa Senators: .273

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    Record: 10-30-4

    Goals For: 91

    Goals Against: 142

    Leading Scorer: Art Gagne - 19 goals, 11 assists, 30 points

    Starting Goaltender: Alec Connell - 10-22-4, 3.01 GAA

34. 1961-62 Boston Bruins: .271

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    Record: 15-47-8

    Goals For: 177

    Goals Against: 306

    Leading Scorer: John Bucyk - 20 goals, 40 assists, 60 points

    Starting Goaltender: Don Head - 9-26-3, 4.16 GAA

33. 1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning: .267

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    Record: 17-55-10

    Goals For: 151

    Goals Against: 269

    Leading Scorer: Paul Ysebaert - 13 goals, 27 assists, 40 points

    Starting Goaltender: Mark Fitzpatrick - 7-24-1, 3.16 GAA

32. 1939-40 Montreal Canadiens: .260

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    Record: 10-33-5

    Goals For: 90

    Goals Against: 167

    Leading Scorer: Toe Blake - 17 goals, 19 assists, 36 points

    Starting Goaltender: Claude Bourque - 9-24-3, 3.29 GAA

31. 1950-51 Chicago Blackhawks: .257

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    Record: 13-47-10

    Goals For: 171

    Goals Against: 280

    Leading Scorer: Roy Conacher - 26 goals, 24 assists, 50 points

    Starting Goaltender: Harry Lumley - 12-41-10, 3.90 GAA

30. 1983-84 New Jersey Devils: .256

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    Record: 17-56-7

    Goals For: 231

    Goals Against: 350

    Leading Scorer: Mel Bridgman - 23 goals, 38 assists, 61 points

    Starting Goaltender: Glenn Resch - 9-31-3, 4.18 GAA

29. 1976-77 Detroit Red Wings: .256

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    Record: 16-55-9

    Goals For: 183

    Goals Against: 309

    Leading Scorer: Walt McKechnie - 25 goals, 34 assists, 59 points

    Starting Goaltender: Jim Rutherford - 7-34-6, 3.94 GAA

28. 1974-75 Kansas City Scouts: .256

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    Record: 15-54-11

    Goals For: 184

    Goals Against: 328

    Leading Scorer: Simon Nolet - 26 goals, 32 assists, 58 points

    Starting Goaltender: Peter McDuffe - 7-25-4, 4.23 GAA

27. 1995-96 Ottawa Senators: .250

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    Record: 18-59-5

    Goals For: 191

    Goals Against: 291

    Leading Scorer: Daniel Alfredsson - 26 goals, 35 assists, 61 points

    Starting Goaltender: Damian Rhodes - 10-22-4, 2.77 GAA

26. 1985-86 Detroit Red Wings: .250

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    Record: 17-57-6

    Goals For: 266

    Goals Against: 415

    Leading Scorer: John Ogrodnick: 38 goals, 32 assists, 70 points

    Starting Goaltender: Greg Stefan: 10-20-5, 4.50 GAA

25. 1969-70 Los Angeles Kings: .250

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    Record: 14-52-10

    Goals For: 168

    Goals Against: 290

    Leading Scorer: Ross Lonsberry - 20 goals, 22 assists, 42 points

    Starting Goaltender: Gerry Desjardins - 7-29-5, 3.89 GAA

24. 1928-29 Chicago Blackhawks: .250

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    Record: 7-29-8

    Goals For: 33

    Goals Against: 85

    Leading Scorer: Vic Ripley - 11 goals, 2 assists, 13 points

    Starting Goaltender: Chuck Gardiner - 7-29-8, 1.85 GAA

23. 1920-21 Hamilton Tigers: .250

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    Record: 6-18-0

    Goals For: 92

    Goals Against: 132

    Leading Scorer: Joe Malone - 28 goals, 9 assists, 37 points

    Starting Goaltender: Howard Lockhart - 6-18-0, 5.45 GAA

22. 1922-23 Hamilton Tigers: .250

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    Record: 6-18-0

    Goals For: 81

    Goals Against: 100

    Leading Scorer: Mickey Roach - 17 goals, 10 points, 27 points

    Starting Goaltender: Jake Forbes - 6-18-0, 4.49 GAA

21. 1991-92 San Jose Sharks: .244

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    Record: 17-58-5

    Goals For: 219

    Goals Against: 359

    Leading Scorer: Pat Falloon - 25 goals, 34 assists, 59 points

    Starting Goaltender: Jeff Hackett - 11-27-1, 3.84 GAA

20. 1994-95 Ottawa Senators: .240

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    Record: 9-34-5

    Goals For: 117

    Goals Against: 174

    Leading Scorer: Alexei Yashin - 21 goals, 23 assists, 44 points

    Starting Goaltender: Don Beaupre - 8-25-3, 3.36 GAA

19. 1983-84 Pittsburgh Penguins: .238

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    Record: 16-58-6

    Goals For: 254

    Goals Against: 390

    Leading Scorer: Mike Bullard - 51 goals, 41 assists, 92 points

    Starting Goaltender: Denis Herron - 8-24-2, 4.08 GAA

18. 1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers: .238

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    Record: 14-61-7

    Goals For: 170

    Goals Against: 313

    Leading Scorer: Andrew Brunette - 23 goals, 27 assists, 50 points

    Starting Goaltender: Norm Maracle - 4-19-2, 3.49 GAA

17. 1973-74 California Golden Seals: .231

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    Record: 13-55-10

    Goals For: 195

    Goals Against: 342

    Leading Scorer: Joey Johnston - 27 goals, 40 assists, 67 assists

    Starting Goaltender: Gilles Maloche - 9-33-5, 4.24 GAA

16. 1975-76 Kansas City Scouts: .225

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    Record: 12-56-12

    Goals For: 190

    Goals Against: 351

    Leading Scorer: Guy Charron - 27 goals, 44 assists, 71 points

    Starting Goaltender: Denis Herron - 11-39-11, 4.03 GAA

15. 1953-54 Chicago Blackhawks: .221

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    Record: 12-51-7

    Goals For: 133

    Goals Against: 242

    Leading Scorer: Larry Wilson - 9 goals, 33 assists, 42 points

    Starting Goaltender: Al Rollins - 12-47-7, 3.23 GAA

14. 1993-94 Ottawa Senators: .220

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    Record: 14-61-9

    Goals For: 201

    Goals Against: 397

    Leading Scorer: Alexei Yashin - 30 goals, 49 assists, 79 points

    Starting Goaltender: Craig Billington - 11-41-4, 4.59 GAA

13. 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets: .200

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    Record: 9-57-4

    Goals For: 246

    Goals Against: 400

    Leading Scorer: Dave Christian - 28 goals, 43 assists, 71 points

    Starting Goaltender: Markus Mattsson - 3-21-4, 4.50 GAA

12. 1975-76 Washington Capitals: .200

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    Record: 11-59-10

    Goals For: 224

    Goals Against: 394

    Leading Scorer: Nelson Pyatt - 26 goals, 23 assists, 49 points

    Starting Goaltender: Ron Low - 6-31-2, 5.45 GAA

11. 1924-25 Boston Bruins: .200

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    Record: 6-24-0

    Goals For: 49

    Goals Against: 119

    Leading Scorer: Jimmy Heberts - 17 goals, 5 assists, 22 points

    Starting Goaltender: Doc Stewart - 5-16-0, 3.08 GAA

10. 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques: .194

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    Record: 12-61-7

    Goals For: 240

    Goals Against: 407

    Leading Scorer: Joe Sakic- 39 goals, 63 assists, 102 points

    Starting Goaltender: Ron Tugnutt- 5-24-3, 4.61 GAA

9. 1927-28 Chicago Blackhawks: .193

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    Record: 7-34-3

    Goals For: 68

    Goals Against: 134

    Leading Scorer: Duke Keats- 14 goals, 8 assists, 22 points

    Starting Goaltender: Chuck Gardiner- 6-32-2, 2.83 GAA

8. 1972-73 New York Islanders: .192

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    Record: 12-60-2

    Goals For: 170

    Goals Against: 347

    Leading Scorer: Billy Harris - 28 goals, 22 assists, 50 points

    Starting Goaltender: Gerry Desjardins - 5-35-3, 4.68 GAA

7. 1943-44 New York Rangers: .170

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    Record: 6-39-5

    Goals For: 162

    Goals Against: 310

    Leading Scorer: Bryan Hextall - 21 goals, 33 assists, 54 points

    Starting Goaltender: Ken McAuley - 6-39-5, 6.24 GAA

6. 1919-20 Quebec Bulldogs: .167

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    Record: 4-20-0

    Goals For: 91

    Goals Against: 177

    Leading Scorer: Joe Malone - 39 goals, 6 assists, 45 points

    Starting Goaltender: Frank Brophy - 3-18-0, 7.11 GAA

5. 1929-30 Pittsburgh Pirates: .147

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    Record: 5-36-3

    Goals For: 102

    Goals Against: 185

    Leading Scorer: Harold Darragh - 15 goals, 17 assists, 32 points

    Starting Goaltender: Joe Miller - 5-35-3, 4.08 GAA

4. 1992-93 San Jose Sharks: .143

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    Record: 11-71-2

    Goals For: 218

    Goals Against: 414

    Leading Scorer: Kelly Kisio - 26 goals, 52 assists, 78 points

    Starting Goaltender: (split) Arturs Irbe - 7-26-0, 4.11 GAA; Jeff Hackett- 2-30-1, 5.28 GAA

3. 1992-93 Ottawa Senators: .143

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    Record: 10-70-4

    Goals For: 202

    Goals Against: 395

    Leading Scorer: Norm Maciver - 17 goals, 46 assists, 63 points

    Starting Goaltender: Peter Sidorkiewicz - 8-46-3, 4.43 GAA

2. 1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers: .136

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    Record: 4-36-4

    Goals For: 76

    Goals Against: 184

    Leading Scorer: Gerry Lowrey - 13 goals, 14 points, 27 points

    Starting Goaltender: Wilf Cude - 2-25-3, 4.22 GAA

1. 1974-75 Washington Capitals: .131

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    Record: 8-67-5

    Goals For: 181

    Goals Against: 446

    Leading Scorer: Tommy Williams - 22 goals, 36 assists, 58 points

    Starting Goaltender: Ron Low - 8-36-2, 5.45 GAA

Interesting Facts

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    Teams That Don't Appear On This List

    Anaheim Ducks

    Buffalo Sabres

    Atlanta/Calgary Flames

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    Edmonton Oilers

    Florida Panthers

    Minnesota Wild

    Montreal Maroons

    Nashville Predators

    Philadelphia Flyers

    St. Louis Blues

    Vancouver Canucks

    Most Appearances

    Kansas City Scouts/Colorado Rockies/New Jersey Devils/Ottawa Senators - 4

    Washington Capitals, Hamilton Tigers - 3

    New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning, Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Oakland Seals/California Golden Seals, San Jose Sharks - 2

    Teams That Just Missed

    1978-79 St. Louis Blues- .300

    1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs- .300

    1971-72 Vancouver Canucks- .308