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 forward Gustav Nyquist.
|Dylan Larkin joins in the celebration after Gustav Nyquist scored an overtime goal to help the Red Wings defeat the Nashville Predators in December. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings) |
The Red Wings current iron man takes full responsibility for the dip in offensive production that he experienced in 2015-16.
Nobody was immune to the criticism for a team that underperformed down the stretch and suffered another first-round playoff exit.
“That’s a big part of it,” Nyquist said in April. “A lot of guys didn’t reach their potential this year. Obviously for myself, I just wasn’t able to put the puck in the net as much as last year and for sure that’s on me. I’ve just got to be better.”
208 | The Swedish forward is the Red Wings’ current iron man, last missing a regular-season game in December 2013. He is the only Wings player to appear in every game the past two seasons.
2 | Led the team with two overtime goals this season, including the franchise’s first-ever in the NHL’s 3-on-3 format. The first came in a 3-2 win at Vancouver (Oct. 24), set up by a nice stretch pass by goalie Petr Mrazek. The second OT goal gave Detroit a 5-4 win over Nashville (Dec. 5) at Joe Louis Arena.
21 | Leads the team in power-play goals over the last two seasons. He scored seven PPG last season, which was one off the team lead held by Pavel Datsyuk (8). Nyquist scored four PPG in the first 14 games of the season but was held to just three goals on the man advantage in the final 68 contests.
356 | Is third in shots on goal over the past two seasons. Only Henrik Zetterberg (441) and Tomas Tatar (376) have more SOG than Nyquist in that span. Still, Nqyuist’s 161 shots last season were down from 2014-15 when he finished third with 195 SOG.
8 | Despite going 0-for-6 in attempts last season, Nyquist still has more shootout goals (8-for-20) than any other Red Wings player in the last two seasons. He is 8-for-24 in his career, which is second best on the team, trailing only Datsyuk (14-for-44) in that timeframe.
3 | Took a total of 262 shot attempts but three of those struck the crossbar behind opposing goaltenders. The team-high stat prevented Nyquist from becoming the 294th all-time 20-goal scorer in franchise history.