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By The Numbers: Drew Miller

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2014-15 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 Drew Miller.

“I was happy with my season," Miller said. "Obviously, I didn’t put up the points I wanted to but I think I took a step. Penalty kill had a little bit of an area there in the season where we kind of dipped a little bit but I thought we came back strong and were a big part of the team. Individually I would like to put up some more points and definitely score more. I had opportunities, just didn’t put the puck in the net. So it’s something I want to work on and improve next year.”


For the second straight time in his eight NHL seasons he played in every regular-season game in 2014-15. Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and forwards Tomas Tatar, Luke Glendening and Gustav Nyquist also played in every regular-season game for the Red Wings in 2014-15.


Not even 60-some stitches to close a ghastly cut under his right eye on March 31 vs. Ottawa could prevent him from maintaining the Red Wings' current ironman streak. He played the final six regular-season games by wearing a protective plastic shield under his visor.


Established a new personal high and led all NHL forwards in blocked shots during the regular season. It's the highest single-season total by a league forward in the past seven seasons. Not foreign to sacrificing his body in the defensive zone, Miller has led all team forwards in blocked shots for five straight seasons. Only defenseman Niklas Kronwall (106) blocked more shots this season for the Red Wings.


Picked up his only power-play point of the season, helping the Red Wings secure a 4-2 win at Edmonton on Jan. 6. Miller's assist came on Luke Glendening's empty-net goal at 19:57 of the third period after the Oilers pulled goalie Viktor Fasth.


For the second straight season, the gritty fourth liner finished with more than 100 hits in the regular season. He had six hits in Detroit's 6-3 comeback win over Buffalo at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 23. He posted a single-season career-high 122 hits in 2013-14.


The number of regular-season games between posting multi-point efforts. He collected a goal and an assist in the Wings' 4-3 win at Nashville on Feb. 28. It was his first two-point game since scoring two goals in a 4-2 win at Ottawa on Dec. 1, 2013.

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