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By The Numbers: Pavel Datsyuk

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 star center Pavel Datsyuk.


Career shootout goals scored after going 3-for-11 during the 2014-15 season, finishing third behind Gustav Nyquist (8-for-14) and Tomas Tatar (3-for-9). He’s now tied for third all-time in the league with Islanders center Frans Nielsen and Canucks forward Radim Vrbata.


Game-winning goals produced in a 12-season career with the Red Wings. He’s fifth all-time in club history behind Steve Yzerman (94), Sergei Fedorov (79), Brendan Shanahan (63) and Henrik Zetterberg (59). Had five game winners last season against Philadelphia (Nov. 26), Dallas (Dec. 4), Edmonton (Jan. 6), St. Louis (Jan. 15) and Carolina (April 7).


Finished his ninth straight season as the team’s takeaway leader. Widely considered one of the best two-way players in the world he has 365 more takeaways than giveaways since the league started keeping advanced statistics after the 2004-05 lockout.


Led the team in plus/minus rating for the fourth time in his career. However, it was the lowest team-leading mark in the last 28 seasons, passing defenseman Darren Veitch who paced the Wings with a plus-14 during the 1986-87 campaign.


Power-play points collected last season, which represented his single-season high since 2009-10 when he produced 25. He had a season-high three game power-play point streak, collecting two goals and an assist against Vancouver (Nov. 30), Florida (Dec. 2) and Dallas (Dec. 4).


The most points he’s produced in the past three seasons, averaging 1.03 points per game. Although healthier than he was the previous season, he still managed to finish among seven NHL players who produced more than a point per game, joining Sidney Crosby (1.09), Tyler Seguin (1.08), Jamie Benn (1.06), Patrick Kane (1.05), John Tavares (1.05) and Evgeni Malkin (1.01).

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