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By The Numbers: Justin Abdelkader

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 top-six forward Justin Abdelkader.


Set a new personal best for goals in a single season, finishing fourth on the team in goals scored behind Tomas Tatar (29), Gustav Nyquist (27) and Pavel Datsyuk (26). Six years ago he scored 24 goals as an AHL rookie for the Grand Rapids Griffins in 2008-09.


Established a personal high for single-season points tied with defenseman Niklas Kronwall. He collected 10 points, five goals and five assists, in the first 11 games of the regular season. Only Datsyuk, Tatar and Nyquist had more goals and points in 2014-15.


Yet another established personal best last season, this one for shots on goal. He equaled a career-high for shots in a single game with seven in a 2-1 overtime win vs. St. Louis on March 22. With his 23 goals he finished third on the team in shooting percentage (14.9) behind Stephen Weiss (17.3) and Datsyuk (15.8).


Tied with Datsyuk for third on the team in power-play goals. Seven of his PPGs came in the last 39 games of the season. His first five goals came on the road at New Jersey, (Nov. 28), Edmonton (Jan. 6), Calgary (Jan. 7), Colorado (Feb. 5) and Dallas (Feb. 21). He now has nine career NHL power-play goals. His first was scored during the 2013-14 season.


Number of points produced – two goals and three assists – in back-to-back wins at Edmonton and Calgary on Jan. 6-7. He has eight points in his past two visits to Rexall Place and Scotiabank Saddledome, where he has registered 12 points in 16 career games.


His second and final fighting major of the season was the 15th regular-season bout of his career. He engaged Columbus defenseman Kevin Connauton midway through the second period of the Red Wings’ 3-1 loss on March 12. Abdelkader also fought with veteran defenseman Jason Garrison at Tampa Bay on Jan. 29.

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