By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2013-14 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 Henrik Zetterberg.
Despite missing 37 games, he finished second on the team in assists. Only Niklas Kronwall (41) had more helpers than the captain during the 2013-14 season.
Lower back pain, which eventually required surgery, held him to the fewest games in a regular season since he was a 19-year-old playing for Timra in 1999-2000. Still, he ranked seventh in the league by averaging 1.07 points per game.
Led the Red Wings in plus/minus rating, finishing ninth among the league’s left wingers. He was minus players just 11 times last season, which resulted in the Red Wings posting a 2-7-2 record in those games.
Registered a season-high three points five times last season – vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 12), vs. Dallas (Nov. 7), vs. Carolina (Nov. 21), vs. Chicago (Jan. 22) and at Washington (Feb. 2). However, Detroit was 3-0-2 in those contests.
Led the Red Wings in multi-point games, lifting them to a 9-1-4 record when he produced more than one point in a game during the 2013-14 regular season.
Clearly, his lower back pain affected his skill set, limiting him to 3.35 shots on goal per game, which represents his second lowest average in the past nine seasons. Still, he managed to finish tied for third, with Daniel Alfredsson, in the offensive category.