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 defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.
|Jonathan Ericsson tied Danny DeKeyser for the best plus-minus among Red Wings defensemen at plus-2. Ericsson was tied for fourth overall in plus-minus on the Wings. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings) |
Ericsson, 32, was like many of the Red Wings this season, playing some excellent games and some that were not up to his usual standards. Yet Ericsson did match his career high in points and was one of 12 players to finish with a plus-rating.
Coach Jeff Blashill said the team needs everyone to play better defensively, but the defensemen in particular.
"The D corps has to play better," Blashill said. "Is that a fix from outside? Is that a fix from within? We’ll certainly look at both. Is there a fix from outside? I don’t know. What I do know is as a group we can certainly be better and that’s including in the D corps."
15 | For the third time in his career, Ericsson reached the 15-point mark, his career high. He also reached 15 points last season and in the 2010-11 season. Interestingly, each time Ericsson has achieved that mark, it has been three goals and 12 assists. Last season, it took all 82 games to get 15 points. In 2010-11, it took 74 games. This past season, Ericsson reached 15 points in 71 games.
3 | Ericsson set a new career high with a three-game assist streak from Dec. 1-5. The Wings won each of those games, beating the Buffalo Sabres 5-4 in a shootout, beating the Arizona Coyotes 5-1 in regulation and beating the Nashville Predators 5-4 in overtime.
71 | Ericsson played in the third-highest number of regular-season games in his career. He played in all 82 in the 2014-15 season and in 74 during the 2010-11 season.
2 | Ericsson tied Danny DeKeyser for the best plus-minus among Wings defensemen at plus-2. Ericsson was tied for fourth overall in plus-minus on the Wings. Dylan Larkin led the team at plus-11; Pavel Datsyuk was plus-7; Brad Richards, Tomas Tatar and Luke Glendening were plus-4. Along with Ericsson and DeKeyser, Teemu Pulkkinen was plus-2.
11 | Ericsson missed 11 games during the regular season. He missed five from Dec. 20-29 and then missed six from Feb. 14-23. The first injury was an upper-body injury and the second was a lower-body injury.
121 | Ericsson finished third on the team in hits with 121, despite missing 11 games. Justin Abdelkader led the team with 207 while playing all 82 regular-season games and Luke Glendening was second with 143 hits in 81 games.