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Miller goes on long-term injured reserve

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

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Goals: 1 | Assists: 1 | Pts: 2

Shots: 27 | +/-: -5
LOS ANGELES – The Red Wings learned Monday afternoon that they will be without penalty-killing specialist Drew Miller for a while.

Miller, who suffered a torn meniscus in the third period of Sunday’s 2-1 win at Anaheim, was placed on long-term injured reserve Monday. Miller was scheduled to catch a flight from Los Angeles back to Detroit Monday night. Once home, he is expected to undergo further tests on his knee.

He must sit out a minimum of 24 days and 10 games before he can return to the club’s lineup. Miller had just returned two games ago from missing 14 games after he suffered a fractured lower jaw on Dec. 3.

The roster move allows the Wings relief under the salary cap to activate defenseman Kyle Quincey, who is expected to play against the Los Angeles Kings tonight at Staples Center.

The Wings waived Jakub Kindl on Sunday, but they were still a little over a $1 million from being cap compliant in order to activate Quincey. Miller’s cap hit ($1.35 million) satisfies that.

Now the question is who does Quincey replace on the Wings’ defense? Alexey Marchenko and Brendan Smith have played very well of late, gaining the praise of coach Jeff Blashill lately.

But whoever sits out, making the decision wouldn’t be an easy.

“From my perspective it’s a good problem,” Blashill said. “The one thing I’ve talked about is having depth within the organization in order to have long-term success. As tight as every team is in the league, the ones that can sustain injuries, the ones that have depth in the organization are the ones that can continue to maybe stay away from long stretches of playing bad hockey. These will be difficult decisions … But I think it’s a positive, we’re making decisions based on a number of what we think are real good NHL defensemen.”

Blashill said that Joakim Andersson will replace Miller in the lineup, where he’ll likely play on the fourth line with Luke Glendening and Tomas Jurco.

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