Drew Miller doesn’t get half the attention that goes to his brother Ryan Miller, goaltender for the Buffalo Sabres. But the Detroit Red Wings forward could change that in a hurry if he has a few more performances like he did Sunday when his team defeated the Ottawa Senators on the road 4-2 to extend Detroit’s winning streak to four games.
Miller took three shots and two went in, one on a wrist shot and another on a snap shot. He’s never been a prolific scorer for the Wings but one that the team could occasionally count upon to pop in one when the opposition least expected it. He followed in his older brother’s footsteps, first at Michigan State University and later in the NHL.
Miller doubled his goals output to four with his Sunday performance. That’s not a lot of goals in the 28 games he’s played for Detroit this season but throughout his career, Miller has been used more by the Wings for the garbage work that needs to get done occasionally by various players. But that’s the way it’s been since Miller joined the Red Wings in 2009. He played 66 games his first year with 10 goals and nine points and 67 the next with 10 goals and eight points. His best season came in 2011-12 with 14 goals and 11 assists in 80 games.
The Red Wings are winning because guys like Miller are finding ways to come up with key goals at critical times. If Miller and others can keep it up for the Red Wings, they’ll be very dangerous team for the rest of the season.