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By The Numbers: Danny DeKeyser

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2014-15 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

“I thought I took maybe another step this year,” DeKeyser said. “I played in 80 regular-season games, so that was a big thing for me too. Staying healthy most of the year and I tried to be as consistent as possible so I think for the most part I did that. I thought I was a little bit better than last year, and hopefully I’ll be a little bit better next year.”


Became the 13th defenseman, 25 years old or younger, to reach the 30-point plateau in a single season in Red Wings’ history.  The native Detroiter joins Nicklas Lidstrom, Reed Larson, Steve Chiasson, Red Kelly, Willie Huber, Yves Racine, Vladimir Konstantinov, Jeff Sharples, Marcel Pronovost, Ron Stackhouse, Rick Lapointe and Randy Ladouceur.


The amount of points that he’s compiled in 156 career regular-season games, ranking him fifth amount Detroit-born defensemen behind Mark Howe (742), Kevin Hatcher (677), Gordie Roberts (420) and Adam Burt (152).


The number of NHL defensemen, including DeKeyser, who were a plus-11 or better while also producing 31 or more points during the regular season. He was among nine of them who also played in 80 or more games. The others were Andrei Markov, Anton Stralman, P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, T.J. Brodie, Duncan Keith, Aaron Ekblad and John Carlson.


Led all Red Wings defensemen in combined shots on goal (89) and missed shots (56) during the 2014-15 season. His 56 missed shots represented the highest percentage of misses (38.6%), followed by Jonathan Ericsson (32.2), Kyle Quincey (31.3), Brendan Smith (27.86), Niklas Kronwall (27.85), and Jakub Kindl (27).


Registered a career-high number of shots on goal during the Red Wings’ 3-2 overtime win at Ottawa on Dec. 27, passing his previous best set March 11, 2014 when he had four shots on goal at Columbus.


His first goal of the season – the fifth of his career – was also his first career game-winner, lifting the Red Wings to a 5-3 victory over Vancouver on Nov. 30. He was among four Wings’ D-men to score winning goals last season.  Kronwall, Smith and Marek Zidlicky had the others. It was the first time in five seasons that Detroit had as many different defensemen score game winners. Brad Stuart, Derek Meech, Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Ericsson each at least one GWG in 2009-10.

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