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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 during the first half of the 2015-16 season. For the next few days By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. Here is a look at center Pavel Datsyuk.


Is second among Red Wings’ skaters in plus/minus rating. It’s the identical rating that he posted in 63 regular-season games last season. His plus-7 led the Red Wings in the month of January.


Leads all team forwards in power-play assists. He last led the team in this category in 2011-12 when he finished with 19, which was eight more than Henrik Zetterberg. Datsyuk’s assist numbers have certainly been helped that he leads the Red Wings in PP faceoffs, winning 55.7 percent (49 of 88) of his draws.


Though he’s played in 14 fewer games, Datsyuk trails rookie Dylan Larkin (28) by four in takeaways. Datsyuk has led the Red Wings in this category in each of the past nine seasons.


Leads the Red Wings in assists/per game. He has 18 assists in 34 games this season. The top five is rounded out by Henrik Zetterberg (0.49), Dylan Larkin (0.38), Tomas Tatar (0.29), and Gustav Nyquist (0.27).


In a 13-way tie for seventh among league forwards in secondary assists. However, of the 44 players with 10 or more secondary assists, Datsyuk and St. Louis forward Paul Stastny have played fewer than 36 games.


For the third straight season, he leads the team in backhand shots on goal, though he hasn’t scored on the backhand this season. In the past seasons, Datsyuk has scored 13 goals on 54 overall backhand shots.

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