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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 2015-16 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.

Drew Miller tries to get around former Red Wings teammate Carlo Colaiacovo at Joe Louis Arena on Dec. 1. Miller scored his only goal of the season in this game. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Detroit Red Wings)

The 32-year-old suffered a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 10 at Anaheim. Five days later, he underwent successful reconstructive surgery to repair an ACL and meniscus.

Miller, who will continue to rehab the knee throughout the summer, can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. A native of East Lansing, Michigan, and a former collegiate standout at Michigan State University, Miller has spent the past seven seasons with the Red Wings.

28 – It’s the fewest number of regular-season games logged by the veteran forward since his second season in the NHL, when he played for coach Randy Carlyle in Anaheim. A fractured jaw followed by a torn meniscus led to his extended absence in 2015-16.

33 – His number of blocked shots during the 28 regular-season games he did play. Since the Red Wings acquired him off waivers in Oct. 2009, Miller has led all team forwards with 407 blocks. Second is Justin Abdelkader at 217.

100 – Miller reached the 100-career point threshold with the Red Wings when he scored his only goal of the season on Dec. 1. His second-period tally, a wrist shot from 17-feet out against Buffalo goalie Linus Ullmark, gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead at Joe Louis Arena. Detroit eventually won, 5-4, in a shootout. During his career, Miller has produced 57 goals and 115 points.

5 – He made the most of his 12:05 of ice time by rifling a season-high shots-on-goal total in the Red Wings’ 5-4 shootout victory over the Sabres on Dec. 1. It was just the second time he registered as many shots since the 2014 Winter Classic in Ann Arbor. In that game, Miller had six shots on goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

19 – For the first time in 102 regular-season games Miller logged 19-plus minutes of ice time in a game. It occurred during the Wings’ 1-0 win over Washington on Nov. 10. In that game, Miller logged 19:25 TOI, second most among Detroit forwards. Only Luke Glendening (21:33) had more TOI in the win over the Capitals.

190 – The number of consecutive regular-season games played before he sustained a broken jaw against Arizona on Dec. 3 that ended his streak as the Red Wings’ iron man. Miller had played in every regular-season and Stanley Cup playoff game – 202 games combined – since the start of the 2013-14 season.

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