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Khan: Red Wings may have Drew Miller’s services for 2nd round but Darren Helm remains out

According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings may have another third-or-fourth-line option in Drew Miller, who believes that he'll be healthy enough to return to playing sometime during the Wings-Hawks series after suffering a broken right hand heading into the final week of April...

“I don’t have a timetable yet; I need to talk to the hand specialist and see how things go,’’ Miller said Monday. “I’m hoping to be in this series for sure.’’

Miller was injured when he was hit by a puck on April 20 in Vancouver. He was expected to be out four-to-eight weeks. He has been skating with the team and handling the puck for some time. He had his cast removed on Sunday.

“It’s always tough to watch,’’ Miller said. “It was a fun series (vs. Anaheim), you want to be a part of it and you want to help out.’’

If Miller is cleared to play, he would give the club another option for its third or fourth line and on the penalty kill. The Red Wings have two healthy extra forwards. Cory Emmerton and Jordin Tootoo were scratched in Game 7 vs. Anaheim.

But the news regarding Darren Helm remains the same...

Coach Mike Babcock said center Darren Helm, who has played only one game this season due to a back injury, will not be ready to play in this round. Helm has not been skating with the club.

And Ken Holland told the Free Press's Helene St. James that the Wings don't believe that Danny DeKeyser will return from his broken right thumb:

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser has undergone surgery and will be out until development camp in July, in all likelihood.

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Wednesday that DeKeyser had a plate and screws inserted into his right thumb and "will have to have them in permanently."

DeKeyser broke his thumb last Thursday in Game 2 of the Wings-Ducks series. He'd been a valuable part of their lineup, using his mobility to help get the puck up to the forwards and speeding up the offensive game.

Holland said there's a small chance DeKeyser could play if the Wings should advance to the Stanley Cup Finals, but, "let's get there first,' Holland said.

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Vladimir16's avatar

This Helm news is disconcerting. Back issues can be lifelong and this specific issue is unknown? Something’s not right here.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/14/13 at 09:33 AM ET

bezukov's avatar

Its good to hear that Drew is on the mend.  As for Helm…. yikes.  I hate to say it but… maybe Jiri Fischer needs an assistant?

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 05/14/13 at 10:25 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Its good to hear that Drew is on the mend.  As for Helm…. yikes.  I hate to say it but… maybe Jiri Fischer needs an assistant?

could be.  could also be that he tried to rush it initially when he needed to just shut it down.  We probably won’t know until September.

 

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/14/13 at 10:30 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

If Babs could get over his fascination with Sammy on the point on the 2nd unit PP, putting either Emmerton or Miller in on Wednesday would be a no-brainer. On Sunday, Samuelsson only played 4:20 and was the only minus player on the ice. He didn’t hit anyone, he didn’t take a shot, and he had one giveaway. Useless.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/14/13 at 11:18 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

Miller over Samuelsson, any day of the week, as far as I’m concerned. Miller’s a 2-way threat and he could center a Bertuzzi-Eaves or Eaves-Tootoo pairing if necessary.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/14/13 at 11:22 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

I’d take Emmerton over Miller.  I think he might have been mentally drained in the last series, but I’ve loved his smarts, his hustle, and his sacrifice.  And he can shoot.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/14/13 at 11:27 AM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/14/13 at 11:18 AM ET

This.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 05/14/13 at 11:35 AM ET

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If Babs could get over his fascination with Sammy on the point on the 2nd unit PP, putting either Emmerton or Miller in on Wednesday would be a no-brainer.

That 2nd PP unit needs 2 d-men on the point against Chicago. Their PK is fast and had 5 SH goals during the season. Who wants to see Hossa speeding past Sammy on a breakaway?

Posted by AZWinger on 05/14/13 at 11:49 AM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Who wants to see Hossa speeding past Sammy on a breakaway?

You mean like this ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UM4eGdYL-4

maybe Sammy has good vibes when he plays Chicago.

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/14/13 at 11:56 AM ET

Crater's avatar

“will have to have them in permanently.”

Jeebus. Is that typical of a broken thumb?

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 05/14/13 at 12:41 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

So long as it doesn’t effect the use of his hockey stick.

DDK is officially a cyborg now though.  Resistance is futile.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/14/13 at 04:21 PM ET

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