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By The Numbers: Jonathan Ericsson

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2014-15 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 defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.


The only Red Wing among the 23 NHL defensemen who played the full season in 2014-15. It marks the first time in his career that he played the entire campaign. Since the NHL expanded the schedule in 1974-75, Ericsson became the 15th different defenseman to play in a full 80-plus game season in franchise history, joining Jean Hamel, Rick Lapointe, Al Cameron, Terry Harper, Barry Long, Willie Huber, Reed Larson, Brad Park, Randy Ladouceur, Larry Murphy, Andreas Lilja, Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall and Kyle Quincey.


Equaled his career point totals with three goals and 12 assists, which he first accomplished in 74 games during the 2010-11 season. The Red Wings posted an 11-3-1 record in games in which Ericsson contributed to the score sheet this season.


He had points in four straight games, establishing a new personal high for the Swedish defenseman. Scored a goal in a 5-4 shootout win vs. Minnesota (Jan. 20), assisted on Drew Miller’s shorthanded goal in a 5-4 win at Florida (Jan. 27), assisted on Darren Helm’s goal in a 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay (Jan. 29) and scored in a 4-1 win vs. the New York Islanders (Jan. 31).


For the second time in his career – and the first since 2013 – he led all Red Wings defensemen in hits. He registered a season-high four hits four times vs. Philadelphia (Nov. 26), Buffalo (Dec. 23), at Tampa Bay (Jan. 29), at Arizona (Feb. 7).


His plus/minus rating during a 16 game span (between Dec. 29 and Feb. 7) where the Red Wings compiled a 12-4-0 record. He was minus-1 just once in that period, in a 5-4 shootout win over the Wild (Jan. 27).


Tied for the team lead with two fighting majors during the regular season. In a seven-game span, Ericsson dropped the gloves against Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon (Feb. 5) and Dallas captain Jamie Benn (Feb. 21). Both forwards challenged the Wings’ defenseman, who used his height to gain a considerable advantage against the two pugilists.

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