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Robert Lang
Robert Lang
Center
(LANG)
Number: 20
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 217
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 19, 1970
Birthplace: Teplice, Czech Republic
Acquired: Acquired from Washington on February 27, 2004, for Tomas Fleishmann and Detroit's first round pick in 2004 and a fourth round pick in 2006.
Drafted: LAK / 1990 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 7th (133rd overall)
Born in Teplice, Czechoslovakia, Robert Lang starred on CHZ Litvinov for parts of four seasons. He was chosen 133rd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 1990 NHL entry draft and is a three time Olympian, capturing bronze in 1992, gold in 1998 while falling short in 2002.

Lang showed glimpses of his immense skill while splitting his first two pro seasons between the Kings and Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL. He returned to Litvinov during the owner's lockout and then played 36 games when the NHL schedule resumed. The following season, Lang was deployed mostly as a penalty killer before returning home to play for Sparta Praha in 1996-97.

In September 1997, he was picked up on waivers by the Boston Bruins but he did not fit in their plans. A month later, he took the same route and joined the Pittsburgh Penguins. The fast-paced, offensive style of his new team suited Lang and allowed him to put up the numbers once expected of him when he was a prospect. He recorded consecutive 20-goal seasons for the Pens then broke through with 32 goals in 2000-01. That year Lang formed the best second line in the league with Alexei Kovalev and Martin Straka.

Injuries in 2001-02 limited Lang to only 62 games and when the season came to an end he signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals where he joined his former Penguin teammate, Jaromir Jagr. Following parts of two seasons with the Caps, Lang, who was leading the NHL in scoring at the time was dealt to the Detroit Red Wings in the latter stages of the 2003-04 season. Upon his arrival in the Motor City, Lang continued his strong play, yet would fall in the scoring race, finishing the season with 79 points (30-49-79) in 69 games. The following season Lang's point total would again decrease to 62 points with the Red Wings. In Lang's final season with the club, he would tally 52 points before signing with the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent in the summer of 2007.

As a member of the Blackhawks, Lang managed to record 54 points and finish third in team scoring behind a pair of Patricks; Kane and Sharp. The Blackhawks failed to reach the playoffs that season and as a result were looking to clear some salary cap space in the off-season. As a result, Lang was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens for a second-round pick in the 2010 NHL draft. Lang's first season in Montreal was somewhat bitter-sweet however. After notching 39 points in 50 games and becoming the team's best player, he was sidelined with a slashed tendon on his foot. The unfortunate injury required season-ending surgery and Lang's first season in Montreal came to an abrupt end.

On the international stage, Lang has represented his homeland at the Winter Olympics on three occasions (1998, 2002, 2006).

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80