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 forward Tomas Tatar.
|Tomas Tatar finished with 21 goals, good for second best among teammates. He led the Red Wings with 29 goals in 2014-15. (Photo by Getty Images) |
Tomas Tatar is considered one of the young offensive leaders on the team, someone that the Wings need to provide offense to help take the burden off of Henrik Zetterberg. With Pavel Datsyuk retiring, the Wings will need even more from Tatar, whose goal total slipped from 29 to 21 this past season and whose point total dropped from 56 to 45.
Part of the problem might have been a shoulder injury that Tatar suffered late in the regular season that kept him from playing for Team Slovakia in the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Russia.
Tatar also knows another first-round playoff exit means the team will make some changes. He knows his name has been mentioned as part of possible trades.
"I’m definitely not worried, it’s part of being a hockey player," Tatar said. "This team will probably need some changes. I don’t know who’s going to be affected by that. Obviously, you love the organization, love the people around it. It would be tough to change the jersey but it’s part of the job. Maybe some team will need you more than this team."
200 | Tatar played in his 200th career game on Nov. 16 at the Ottawa Senators. Tatar, 25, finished the season with 263 career regular-season games. Tatar scored the game-winning goal in the game, a 4-3 victory.
2 | Tatar scored 21 goals, good enough for second on the team behind rookie Dylan Larkin, who had 23. They were the only two Wings who had more than 20 goals on the team.
45 | Tatar finished with 45 points, tied with Larkin for third on the team. Henrik Zetterberg led the team with 50 points and Pavel Datsyuk had 49.
1 | After playing all 82 games during the 2014-15 season, Tatar missed one game this season, Jan. 20 at home against the St. Louis Blues. Tatar, who did participate in the morning skate, was a late scratch due to illness. The last game he had missed before the Blues game was Jan. 16, 2014 at the New York Rangers.
88 | Only 88 players scored 21 or more goals this season, including Tatar. There were 16 players who had exactly 21 goals: Buffalo's Ryan O'Reilly, Calgary's Mark Giordano, Arizona's Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Anaheim's Ryan Kesler, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon, Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad, Carolina's Victor Rask, Calgary's Mikael Backlund, San Jose's Tomas Hertl, St. Louis' David Backes, San Jose's Joel Ward, New York Rangers' Chris Kreider, Minnesota's Charlie Coyle, Winnipeg's Drew Stafford and Nashville's Craig Smith.
7 | Tatar scored seven of his 21 goals on the power play this season, tied for second on the Wings with Gustav Nyquist. Only Pavel Datsyuk had more power-play goals with eight. Last season Tatar had nine power-play goals.