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By the Numbers: Jonathan Bernier

Veteran goaltender performed better than statistics would indicate

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

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 goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

When the Detroit Red Wings traded Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 19, 2018, it meant they would look to sign a free-agent goaltender after the season.

At the top of their list was Jonathan Bernier, who helped the Colorado Avalanche reach the playoffs when their other goalie, Semyon Varlamov, was injured late in the season.

The Red Wings signed Bernier to a three-year contract on July 1 to serve as the backup to Jimmy Howard.

Unfortunately for Bernier, he got behind the 8-ball a bit when the Wings had tough back-to-back games against Boston and Montreal early in the season and it was hard to get his numbers back to where they normally are.

In the end, Bernier was 9-18-5 with a 3.16 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in 35 games, compared to 137-126-35 with a 2.73 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 324 career games.

The veteran goaltender took it all in stride and expects to have a much more normal season, numbers-wise, in 2019-20.

300 -- On Dec. 6 at Toronto, Bernier played his 300th career game. Bernier earned a 5-4 overtime victory over his former team, making 27 saves before Dylan Larkin scored the winning goal.

1 -- Bernier made his Red Wings debut on Oct. 7 at Los Angeles against the Kings, the team that originally drafted him in the first round, 11th overall, in 2006. Bernier won his first game with the Wings on Oct. 28 against the Dallas Stars. He had 28 saves in the 4-2 victory.

49 -- On Nov. 10 at Carolina, Bernier worked overtime, making a career-high and season-high 49 saves in a 4-3 shootout win. Lucas Wallmark had a game-high eight of those shots, none of them getting past Bernier.

3 -- Bernier made 38 or more saves in three straight starts from Nov. 3-17, including that 49-save performance at Carolina. He had 38 saves in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 3 and 38 saves in a 3-2 overtime victory at the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 17.

1.5 -- On Feb. 2 at Ottawa, Bernier made 35 saves in a 2-0 shutout of the Senators. On March 29, Bernier combined with Howard to shut out the New Jersey Devils, 4-0. Bernier had 21 saves before exiting with an upper-body injury and Howard had seven saves.

4 -- The Wings' injury woes were not limited to defensemen. That upper-body injury Bernier suffered on March 29 kept him out the final four games of the season.

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2 -- In happier news, Bernier and his wife, Martine Forget, welcomed their second child, a son named Brady Bernier, on April 5. Brady weighed 8.1 pounds. He joins older brother, Tyler, born in 2014.

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