Help is on the way. Maybe. Red Wings forward Drew Miller (broken bone, hand) could be in the lineup for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals Saturday against the Blackhawks in Chicago. "I'm ready to go," said Miller, who broke the bone April 20 and has been skating at practice the last two weeks. "Whether I'm in or out it's up to the coaches, but I feel like an option right now." Miller skated with fourth-liners Todd Bertuzzi, Cory Emmerton and Patrick Eaves during Friday's practice. Wings coach Mike Babcock has gone through various combinations on the fourth line without Miller, who provides consistency at both ends of the ice. Miller had four goals and four assists in 44 games with a minus-8 rating. Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo also have had chances on the fourth line. "If he's available and he is ready to help, then I'll put him in," Babcock said. The hardest thing about the injury, Miller said, was watching playoff hockey. "It's definitely tough," he said. "You just try to stay part of the team and be in the meetings and be around for the pregame stuff. I try to watch from up top, it's a little different perspective. "It's tough mentally, but you have to work through it and be ready when you come back in."
Red Wings' Drew Miller declares he's ready to play
Detroit News | May 18