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By the Numbers: Henrik Zetterberg

Detroit's captain defies Father Time as he continues to pace the Wings attack

by Arthur J. Regner @arthurjregner /

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 captain Henrik Zetterberg.

When he first began to play hockey, Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was always one of the smallest players on the ice, forcing him to develop an elusive playing style.

Zetterberg figured out early how to avoid being hit by much larger players and how to bring the puck out of the corners without being crushed.

His determination to excel has served him well not only as a young hockey player growing up in Sweden, but also as a veteran of 14 NHL seasons in Detroit.

Detroit's captain put together an excellent season in 2016-17, leading the Red Wings offensively and serving as an inspiration to his much younger teammates.

With an uncanny resolve, Zetterberg should continue to play his game under his own terms, something he's pretty much done from the first time he ever skated onto the ice.

82 - For the second consecutive season and the third time in his illustrious career, Zetterberg played in all 82 games. Along with Danny DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar, he was one of three Wings to appear in every game last season.

17 - Zetterberg was one of four Red Wings to score 17 goals, which tied him for the third most on the team. Tomas Tatar led Detroit with 25 goals, followed by Andreas Athanasiou with 18. The three other Wings to tally 17 goals were Dylan Larkin, Frans Nielsen and Anthony Mantha.

51 - The number of assists Zetterberg tallied last season, which led Detroit and ranked seventh overall in the NHL. Zetterberg's 51 assists were the second most of his career; his best is 56 helpers in 2010-11.

68 - His 68 total points was tops on the Red Wings and 25th best in the NHL. This was the second time Zetterberg has notched 68 points; the other time was in 2006-07. The most points he's accumulated in a season is 95, accomplished in 2007-08.

15 - Zetterberg was one of four Wings who were plus players last season. His plus-15 led the Wings. Mantha was second at plus-10; Robbie Russo and Xavier Ouellet each were plus-2.

195 - Total number of shots Zetterberg fired on net, which was the most on the Wings. Larkin was second with 178 shots.

3 - During the shootout, Zetterberg scored three goals out of four attempts. Along with seven other players, his three goals were all game-deciding goals, which was best in the NHL.

19:43 - Zetterberg's average ice time last season. On November 8, Zetterberg's ice time was 24:04, his highest total for the year. The Wings achieved a 3-2 shootout victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia. Zetterberg had one assist on Tomas Tatar's goal. For his career, Zetterberg's average ice time is 19:35.

550 - He recorded his 550th assist in Boston on January 24 in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Bruins.

900 - His 900th career point was scored against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-3 defeat in Tampa. Zetterberg assisted on a goal by DeKeyser.

1000 - In a season where the Wings struggled despite the efforts of their captain, it's poetic justice Zetterberg played his 1000th career game on April 9, which was the last Wings game played at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit skated past New Jersey, 4-1. Zetterberg recorded two points, assisting on a Tatar goal and scoring a second-period goal with Gustav Nyquist picking up the lone assist. The goal gave the Wings a 3-0 lead.

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