By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings' on-ice accomplishments in the 2018-19 season. Each week during the offseason, By the Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on his statistical highs. This week we focus on center Dylan Larkin.
Whether it was a direct challenge or not, Dylan Larkin took it as one, which was not the first time he has done so.
After he dazzled the NHL as a 19-year-old rookie during the 2015-16 season (23-22-45), Larkin stumbled in his second year (17-15-37) and the scuttlebutt was the league had figured out the former Michigan Wolverine's game.
Larkin responded from his 37-point effort by putting together a solid third season (16-47-63), but he was labeled as good player who was never going to be much of a goal scorer.
As a rookie he notched 23 goals. The next two seasons combined, his goal total was just 33, so a case could be made that Larkin was trending to become mainly an assist-type of center who would chip in the odd goal here and there.
With the gauntlet again being thrown into his corner, Larkin responded the only way he knows how; through hard work. He spent his entire summer before last season determined to improve upon his goal scoring numbers.
The result was Larkin almost doubled his goal output last season from the previous season as he separated himself from his teammates to emerge as Detroit's statistical and emotional leader.
From the time he was a youngster all the way up to the NHL, Larkin's reputation is that he is a driven, competitive player who has a motor which runs at one speed - maximum overdrive. His teammates marvel at his work ethic and determination to become the very best.
Last season, Larkin was named one of four Detroit Red Wings alternate captains, and the third-year pro handled the responsibility without a hitch.
As this season approaches, Larkin will again wear an 'A' for the Red Wings, but based on his talent level, maturation and competitive spirit, it doesn't matter if Larkin has a letter on his sweater or not, it is abundantly clear the Red Wings are Dylan Larkin's team.
76 - Larkin's 76 games played tied him with Andreas Athanasiou for third most on the team. Niklas Kronwall led Detroit with 79 games played, followed by Luke Glendening's 78.
32 - After scoring 16 goals during the 2017-18 season, Larkin lit the lamp a career-high 32 times to lead the Red Wings. Athanasiou's 30 goals was second and Anthony Mantha's 25 tallies was third highest on the club.
41 - The 41 assists he doled out was the second highest of his four-year career. Tyler Bertuzzi's 26 helpers ranked second on the team, with Frans Nielsen third with 25 assists. Larkin's career high in assists is 47, which he reached in the 2017-18 campaign.
73 - Larkin led the Wings in total points with 73. Athanasiou was second in points with 54 and Mantha was third with 48 points.
21:50 - His 21:50 ice-time average per game was second highest on the Wings and led the forward corps. Danny DeKeyser's 21:58 ice time average per game was tops on the Red Wings.
4 - Along with the Columbus Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin, Larkin led the NHL in overtime goals with four, which is one shy of the NHL record of five. He is the first Red Wings player to score four overtime winners in one season. His four game-winners also placed him in a four-way tie for most game-winners on the Wings with Athanasiou, Bertuzzi and Nielsen.
12 - His 12 shots against the Sabres on March 28 in Buffalo was the most shots registered by a Wings player in a game. Larkin scored two goals, his 29th and 30th, in Detroit's 5-4 overtime win.
14 - From Dec. 4-31, Larkin had a 14-game point streak, which is one of the longest point streaks in recent Wings history. Since 1995-96, only five other Red Wings have had a point streak of 12 consecutive games or longer. Steve Yzerman holds the Wings record with a 28-game point streak from Nov. 1, 1988-Jan. 4, 1989.
7-8-15 - Determined to improve on his power-play point total of eight (1-7-8) from the 2017-18 season, Larkin led the Wings in power-play points with 15 (7-8-15). His seven power-play goals tied him for the team lead with Mantha and along with Athanasiou, his eight power-play assists led the Red Wings.
75 - Known for being fiery on the ice, Larkin led the Wings in penalty minutes with 75. Madison Bowey's 46 minutes ranked second on the team, followed by Kronwall's 40 minutes. Larkin became just the second player in franchise history to lead the team in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. During Detroit's inaugural season of 1926-27, John Sheppard's 13 goals, 9 assists, 21 total points with 60 penalty minutes led the Detroit Cougars hockey club. He also joins Sheppard and Ted Lindsay as the only three Red Wings to lead the club in points and penalty minutes in a season.
287 - Larkin led the Red Wings in shots on net with 287. Athanasiou was second with 216 and Mantha third with 198.
54.50% - His face-off percentage of 54.50 ranked second on the team to Glendening's 55.66 percent success rate.
100 - On Dec. 8 versus the New York Islanders at Little Caesars Arena, he recorded his 100th career assist in the Wings' 3-2 loss.
150 - He notched his 150th career point on Oct. 30 at Columbus in the Red Wings' 5-3 victory over the Blue Jackets.
200 - Larkin reached the milestone of 200 career points on Feb. 22 against the Minnesota Wild in Detroit's 3-2 loss at Little Caesars Arena. In 318 career games, all with the Wings, Larkin has 213 points (88-125-213). He is minus-32 with 207 total penalty minutes, an ice-time average of 18:34 per game and a face-off success rate of 51.2 percent.