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By the Numbers: Frans Nielsen

Forward was Red Wings' lone All-Star last season

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2016-17 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 forward Frans Nielsen.

Frans Nielsen joined the Red Wings as an unrestricted free agent last offseason as the team needed a center to help replace Pavel Datsyuk.

Nielsen, 33, represented the Wings at the 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, the first All-Star appearance of his career.

Nielsen has a no-movement clause as part of his six-year, $31.5 million contract.

2 - Nielsen led the Wings with two shorthanded goals this season, tied for 14th in the league. The first came on Oct. 27 in a 2-1 win at St. Louis. The other happened Nov. 25 at New Jersey, a 5-4 overtime win.

15 - Nielsen excelled with the man-advantage, leading the Wings with 15 power-play points. Henrik Zetterberg was second with 13 and Mike Green was third with 10. Nielsen and Zetterberg each had 11 power-play assists.

17 - Nielsen was tied for third on the Wings with Zetterberg, Anthony Mantha and Dylan Larkin in goals with 17. Only Tomas Tatar with 25 and Andreas Athanasiou with 18 had more. It is the fourth time in Nielsen's career that he has scored 17 or more goals.

250 - On March 26 against the Minnesota Wild, Nielsen recorded his 250th career assist. It came in the first period on Mike Green's goal at 19:41 of the first period, tying the score at 1-1. Niklas Kronwall had the first assist and Nielsen the second.

350 - In Nielsen's first regular-season game as a Red Wing, he reached 350 career points in the team's opening night loss at Tampa Bay. Nielsen assisted on the first goal of the game, Thomas Vanek's power-play goal at 3:12 of the first period. He then scored at 8:18 of the second period, which at the time gave the Wings a 3-1 lead.

650 - Nielsen played in his 650th career game on Jan. 16 against the Montreal Canadiens, a 1-0 Detroit victory. Nielsen had the second assist on the only goal of the game, scored by Thomas Vanek at 18:14 of the second period. Nielsen played the first 606 games of his NHL career with the New York Islanders.

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