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By The Numbers: Kyle Quincey

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2013-14 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 Kyle Quincey.

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For the first time in six full seasons he appeared in ever regular-season game. Forward Drew Miller was the only other Red Wings’ player to log time in every game during the 2013-14 campaign. Quincey is currently the Red Wings’ ironman, playing in 107 straight regular-season and playoff games, dating back to April 17, 2013.

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Led all Red Wings’ defensemen and ranked No. 22 among Eastern Conference D-men in total takeaways. The total represents his single-season high since 2009-10 when he finished second among Colorado Avalanche blue-liners with 47 swipes.

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He finished third in blocks, trailing only defensemen Niklas Kronwall (154) and rookie Danny DeKeyser (116) in the category. It was Quincey’s highest number of blocked shots since he posted a career-high (143) in 2009-10, his first season with the Avalanche.

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Led the team in penalty minutes, which was also his single-season career high for time spent in the sin bin. He had a team-high 33 minor infractions, the most for tripping and interference with six each. Also earned a fighting major with San Jose’s Tyler Kennedy (Jan. 9) and a game-misconduct for boarding Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf (Dec. 17).

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Equaled his single-season low for plus/minus rating, which was the worst among 11 defensemen deployed by the Red Wings this season. He began 2013-14 on a season-low four straight minus performances. However, he posted a plus-9 in the final 42 games of the season. He also posted minus-5 ratings with the Los Angeles Kings in 2008-09 and the Avalanche in 2010-11.

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The only Red Wings’ defenseman to produce a game-winning goal during the regular season. Did so March 7, leading Detroit to a 7-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils at Joe Louis Arena. It was Quincey’s fourth career game-winner, and his first in 155 regular-season games, dating to Nov. 10, 2011.

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