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By The Numbers: Niklas Kronwall

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-pair defenseman Niklas Kronwall.

“Pretty much go back home, but first look yourself in the mirror and ask, ‘What can you do better?’ ” Kronwall said. “We all have to be better and I think that pretty much sums it up, what can you do to make yourself better. Starting here, take some time off and in a couple weeks you have to get ready physically and mentally.”


Has led Wings defensemen in scoring with fewer than double-digit goals in any of the past three seasons becoming just the fifth blue liner to do so in franchise history, and the first since the late Gary Bergman produced single-digit goals in four straight seasons from 1968-69 to 1971-72. Doug Barkley (1964-67) and Bill Quackenbush (1946-49) led Detroit defensemen three straight campaigns while Doug Young (1932-36) did it four times.


Scored his only game-winning goal of the season in a wild topsy-turvy affair, lifting the Wings to a 7-6 win in Dallas on Feb. 21.  It was his first game winner in 160 games, dating back to March 5, 2013 against Colorado. The winner at Dallas was also his first overtime goal in nearly five years since potting one in a 4-3 decision at Colorado on Dec. 27, 2010.


Number of power-play assists produced to finish seventh among NHL defensemen. Kronwall and Montreal’s Andrei Markov are the only league blue liners to finish in the top 10 in this category over the past three seasons.


For the fifth consecutive season he led the Wings’ defensemen in blocked shots. He registered a season-high six blocks in Detroit’s 7-6 overtime win at Dallas on Feb. 21. It’s also the fifth time in his career that he’s gone above 100 blocks in a season.


Led the Wings’ defense in total shots on goal for the second straight season. He had 110 shots during the 2013-14 campaign. Had an eight-game shots streak, compiling 26 shots in February. That month he had shots in 13 of 14 games. The only game he was held without was Detroit’s 3-1 loss at Tampa Bay (Feb. 20).


Was the only Wings’ defenseman to take a face-off last season, beating Winnipeg center Bryan Little in a first-period neutral zone draw during Detroit’s 4-3 win over the Jets on Nov. 20. Kronwall was just the second Wings defenseman credited with taking a draw in five season, the first since Ian White did it during the 2013 lockout-shortened campaign. … Forty different NHL defensemen combined to take 51 face-offs in 2014-15.

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