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By the Numbers: Nick Jensen

Steady defenseman finally got his chance this past season due to so many injuries

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

By the Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2016-17 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 Nick Jensen.

The rash of injuries the Wings had this past season turned out to benefit Jensen.

At 6-feet, 196 pounds, Jensen was sometimes overlooked when it came to getting an NHL opportunity.

But the Wings called Jensen up Dec. 19 and he never looked back.

Jensen's steady play earned him a two-year contract extension on Feb. 27.

1 - You always remember your first game and Jensen's was more memorable than most. His came Dec. 20 at Tampa Bay. When Lightning forward Erik Condra crashed into goaltender Jimmy Howard, Jensen immediately tried to shove Condra out of the crease but ended up on top of Howard, resulting in Howard's knee sprain. Jensen also recorded his first NHL point, assisting on Anthony Mantha's third-period goal. Jensen scored his first career goal on Jan. 31 against the New Jersey Devils.

2 - Jensen was second to Mike Green in scoring among Wings defensemen. Green had 14 goals and 22 assists in 72 games. Jensen finished with four goals and nine assists.

49 - Although he didn't join the team until December, Jensen finished with 49 games and ended the season on the top pair with Danny DeKeyser.

31 - Jensen is one of 31 players to have worn No. 3 while playing for Detroit. That list includes coach Doug Houda, who wore No. 3 in 1999. Among other notables who wore that number in Detroit are Steve Chiasson (1987-94), Andreas Lilja (2006-10), Marcel Pronovost (1953-65) and Bob Rouse (1995-98).

50.4 - According to, Jensen finished the season with a 50.4 Corsi for percentage. Above 50 percent means the Wings had control of the puck more often than not with Jensen on the ice. 

150 - Jensen was the Wings' fifth choice, 150th overall, in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. All but one player the Wings took that year (Gleason Fournier) has played in at least two NHL games, with second-rounder Tomas Tatar playing the most at 345 games.

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