By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2010-11 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 center Pavel Datsyuk.
After missing 19 games with a mid-season hand injury, Datsyuk was named First Star of the Game on Feb. 7, tallying a goal and an assist in a 3-2 home win over the New York Rangers.
In his ninth season, Pavel finished tied with Calgary sniper Jarome Iginla for 11th place in points-per-game during the 2010-11 campaign, registering 23 goals and 36 assists in 56 appearances.
During the Stanley Cup playoffs, Datsyuk had the best points-per-game total in the NHL amongst players who advanced past the opening round. The 32-year-old playmaker recorded four goals and 11 assists in 11 games.
Datsyuk recorded just the second fighting major of his career on Oc. 8, earning five minutes in the sin bin after engaging in a spirited bout of fisticuffs with Anaheim forward Corey Perry. The four-time Lady Byng Trophy winner also scored a goal and dished out an assist in the 4-0 victory.
Led all Wings' skaters in takeaways on the season with 71, easily surpassing longtime teammate and second place-finisher Henrik Zetterberg (45).
Datsyuk hit the double century mark in career goals on Oct 12 when he beat Colorado goalie Peter Budaj in the second period of a 5-4 shootout loss.