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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 2015-16 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.

Danny DeKeyser produced another steady NHL season since joining the Red Wings out of college in 2013. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

Death and taxes are two certainties, and DeKeyser, a restricted free agent this summer, re-signing with the Red Wings is a third.

The 26-year-old Detroit native is coming off another solid season with his hometown team. He led Wings’ defensemen with eight goals, despite a three-year low in shots on goal (72).

“I try to get up in the play when I can,” DeKeyser said in February. “It just seems there are a few more opportunities this year where the puck is actually finding me instead of kind of being the late guy in the rush and not getting it. I’m getting hit with that puck a few more times and it’s going in for me, which is nice.”

Still, the coaches tried encouraging DeKeyser to shoot more.

“They’re always preaching that, always preaching to have the extra D-man jump into the play and having the D ready to shoot from the point,” DeKeyser said. “It’s always something we’re talking about.”

8 | Recorded a career-high in goals – it also led all team defensemen – doubling his previous personal best that he established during his rookie season, in 2013-14. In a 13-game span, he scored five goals, including three game winners. He’s just the fourth American-born player to lead the Red Wings’ defense in goal scoring, joining Brian Rafalski, Mathieu Schneider and Reed Larson.

72 | DeKeyser’s shots on goal were down from his first two seasons in the league when he registered 84 and 89 shots in 2013-14 and 2014-15, respectively. His SOG totals were tied with Vancouver’s Dan Hamuis and Pittsburgh’s Ian Cole for 121st among league defensemen.

31| Led the Red Wings in average number of shifts skated last season. Only three NHL defensemen averaged more shifts per game than DeKeyser, who averaged a career-high 21:48 of ice-time in 2015-16. He skated a season-high 39 shifts in the Wings’ 4-2 win over the New York Islanders (Jan. 25). He also scored the winner in that game. … DeKeyser trailed the Kings’ Drew Doughty (33.3), Wild’s Ryan Suter (31.6) and Sabres’ Rasmus Ristolainen (31.4) in average shifts.

88 | For a third straight season he increased his hits totals, which was up 37.5 percent from his rookie campaign when he registered 64 hits in 65 regular-season games. Had a season-high four hits in the Red Wings’ 5-3 win over Colorado in the Stadium Series (Feb. 27). His career-high is six hits, which was established in Anaheim, on Jan. 12, 2014.

3 | Led team defensemen in game-winning goals to become the 20th blueliner in franchise history to score three or more winners in a single season since the league began tracking the statistic.

107 | Paced the Wings’ defensemen in total blocks, which tied him with Calgary’s Deryk Engelland for 76th among league blueliners. Just the second lowest season-leading total among team defensemen – Kronwall had 93 blocks in 2013-14 – in the last 10 full seasons.

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