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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 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 defenseman Danny DeKeyser.

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Tied for fifth in the Atlantic Division with Tampa Bay’s Anton Stralman for goals by defensemen. The total is a seven-year personal best for DeKeyser, who, as an 18-year-old, scored eight goals for the Trail Smoke Eaters in the British Columbia Hockey League, in 2008-09.

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Equaled a career best with his third ever plus-3 rating. He did so in the Wings’ 4-2 win over the New York Islanders in the final game before the All-Star break. It was also the first time he scored a goal in a game that he registered a plus-3 rating.

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The number of game-winning goals, giving him three for his career. Both goals this season came during the Red Wings’ very successful January, at Arizona (Jan. 14) and NY Islanders (Jan. 25).His only other NHL game winner occurred during a 5-3 home victory over Vancouver on Nov. 30, 2014.

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For the first time in six years someone other than Niklas Kronwall leads the team in blocked shots. DeKeyser finished third on the team last season with 88 blocked shots.

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Leads all Red Wings’ defensemen and is third on the team in plus/minus rating. Since the Christmas holiday, he has been a minus player once in the past 15 games, and just three times in the past 28 games.

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Total points, all in even strength, through 45 games this season. He’s the only Wings’ player in double-digit scoring not to have at least one point on the power play. Prior to this season he produced 11 points on the power play.

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