By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2011-12 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 Nicklas Lidstrom.
Surpassed both Steve Yzerman (on Nov. 25 at Boston) and Alex Delvecchio (on Jan. 12 vs Philadelphia) on Detroit’s all-time games-played list this season with 1,564 total games. Only Gordie Howe has played more games as a Wing (1,687).
Became one of the NHL’s top 50 all-time scorers when he recorded career-point No. 1,131 during 3-2 win over St Louis (Dec. 27). Accumulated 1,142 career points by the end of the season, joining Jaromir Jagr (1,653) and Teemu Selanne (1,406) as the only active players on the top 50 all-time scorers list.
Registered 23 assists during the regular-season, the eighth highest on the team. With 878 career assists, he trails Steve Yzerman and Gordie Howe for most assists in Red Wings' history.
Finished the season with a +21 rating, the fourth highest on the team. Over the course of his 20-season career, Lidstrom has finished with a +20 rating or higher in 11 of those seasons.
Lidstrom had 13 power play assists during the regular season, second only to Pavel Datsyuk, who finished with 19. The defenseman has registered 458 power play assists throughout his career.