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by George Malik on 05/14/13 at 08:06 AM ET
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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