By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 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 Niklas Kronwall.
|Despite knee surgery last January, no Red Wing averaged more ice time than Niklas Kronwall's 22 minutes per game. (Photo by Getty Images) |
Kronwall won't likely look back on the 2015-16 season with a lot of pleasure. A knee injury forced him to undergo surgery before the All-Star break and the Wings were unable to make it out of the first round.
After the Wings cleaned out their lockers, Kronwall said he would not need any more surgeries this off-season but would look at some other options to keep his knees in better shape.
"It’s been a rough year in a lot of ways but definitely a summer of good training is obviously the first thing that you need," Kronwall said. "I think if you look at this year I don’t think we were good enough to a man. I think for you to have success you need to have several guys have career years. I don’t think we had enough of that. I wasn’t good enough, nowhere near where I need to be."
700 | On Dec. 3 against the Arizona Coyotes, Kronwall played in his 700th career game. Kronwall scored the game-winning goal in the 5-1 victory. Kronwall finished the season with 738 regular-season games played and is now ranked third among Wings defensemen in games played.
6 | There are six defensemen in Wings history that have played in 700 or more games with the team. Kronwall joined Nicklas Lidstrom (1,564 games), Marcel Pronovost (983), Red Kelly (846), Reed Larson (708) and Gary Bergman (706).
18 | Kronwall missed 18 games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Jan. 18. Kronwall had not missed any games or practices before having the procedure. The Wings timed it to happen right before the All-Star break so Kronwall wouldn't miss too many games. Only Teemu Pulkkinen (20 games), Kyle Quincey (35), Drew Miller (54) and Johan Franzen (80) missed more games.
22 | Despite knee surgery, no Wing averaged more ice time than Kronwall's 22 minutes per game. The most ice time he had in one game was 27:04 on Oct. 24, at home against the Vancouver Canucks.
21 | Although Kronwall did not miss a practice or game before undergoing surgery, his knee no doubt prevented him from playing at his highest level. He finished the season minus-21, the worst plus-minus mark of his career and the worst on the team.
2 | Despite missing 18 games, Kronwall finished second among Wings defensemen in scoring with 26 points in 64 games. Only Mike Green had more points with 35 in 74 games. Danny DeKeyser had 20 points in 78 games, Jonathan Ericsson had 15 in 71 games, Brendan Smith had 15 in 63 games, Kyle Quincey had 11 in 47 games and Alexey Marchenko had 11 in 66 games.