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By The Numbers: Brad Richards

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments during the first half of the 2015-16 season. For the next few days By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. Here is a look at forward Brad Richards.


Games he missed this season, including 13 straight early in the campaign when he sought the medical advice of a New York specialist for lower-back pain. Since his return in late November, he played in 27 straight games. He missed last Friday’s game in Buffalo to attend his grandfather’s funeral.


The number of games to reach No. 1,100 in his career that spans 15 seasons with five different NHL clubs, including Lightning, Stars, Rangers and Blackhawks. Barring injury or illness, Valentine’s Day will mark his 1,100th game when the Red Wings host the Boston Bruins.


The times he has scored the first goal of the game, helping the Wings to a 3-0-1 mark on those occasions. He has scored first against Nashville (Dec. 5), Buffalo (Dec. 14 & Jan. 2) and the New York Islanders (Jan. 25). While with the Blackhawks last season, Richards recorded the first goal of the game twice.


The only regular in the Red Wings’ lineup not to record a penalty this season, Richards has served one minor infraction in the past 53 regular-season games. Richards and Columbus center Alexander Wennberg are the only players in the league, who have played at least 35 games, to not pick up a penalty this season. … The last time an opponent scored a PPG with Richards in the penalty box occurred on April 23, 2013. That’s 30 minor penalties and 195 regular-season games ago.


Faceoff winning percentage on the power play, winning 17 of 22 draws over the course of the season. Overall, Richards is third on the team with a 51.9 percent success rate (68 of 131) on his draws. Only Pavel Datsyuk (54 percent) and Luke Glendening (53.9) have performed better in the faceoff circle this season.


Career goals scored by the 35-year-old veteran forward. He ranks No. 22 among active NHL goal scorers, and is fourth in line to reach the 300-goal plateau behind Lightning center Steven Stamkos (297), Kings center Jeff Carter (296) and Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell (295).

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