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By The Numbers: Tomas Jurco

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 forward Tomas Jurco.

“It wasn’t a great season for me. I know that,” Jurco said. “I’m going to work really hard in the season and come next year I’ll be ready to have a great season and score more goals and help the team more.
“I had a good first season. I scored eight goals in only 30-something games. Maybe it was good for me to – I wouldn’t say wake up – how would I say to realize that it’s not easy. I’m going to be a hungry person at the start of the (2015-16) season. It’s not like last season I didn’t work out. It was a hard summer last year too. I was trying to have a good season, it just didn’t go so well. Some years it goes well, some years’ it doesn’t go well. So next year I’m going to be ready and I’m going to have a great season.”


Tied with Tomas Tatar for fifth on the team in plus/minus rating. He had a seven-game stretch without being a minus-player, including a five-game span when he was a plus-6 helping the Red Wings go 4-1-0 between Nov. 22-30. Registered a season-high plus-2 four times – all on home ice – against Ottawa (Nov. 24), Dallas (Dec. 4), New York Islanders (Jan. 31) and Arizona (March 24).


Fewer shots per game in 27 more games this season than his rookie campaign when he registered 2.14 shots per game. This season he fired 1.46 shots per game, resulting in fewer scoring opportunities.


More shots on goal in the Red Wings’ losses than he had in the team wins. Jurco registered 58 shots in 31 games where the Wings compiled a 0-20-11 record. He had just 34 shots in games that Detroit won in 2014-15.


Points registered in November, marking his best single month of the season producing two goals and five assists with a plus-6 rating. It was in November that he had his only multi-point game of the season when he scored a power-play goal and added an assist in the Red Wings’ 5-0 win at Columbus on Nov. 18.


Scored his first career playoff goal, though it took the league four days to change the Game 1 goal against Tampa Bay before he was rightly credited. Originally, Pavel Datsyuk was given the goal eight seconds into the second period of the series opener. But video review later showed the puck did graze the inside of Jurco’s pant leg.


Less ice time earned this season from his rookie campaign when he averaged 13:28 of ice time from the Red Wings’ coaching staff. Veteran Stephen Weiss and Jurco, who logged 11:30 of ice per game this season, were the only Wings who played more than 50 games and did not get any time on the penalty kill.

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