When you’ve been one of the best since Pee Wee, adapting to a different role isn’t easy.
Then again, that’s what makes this Red Wing team and many of its players special. There is an unspoken, unselfish understanding that the team comes first and the individual second. It is that understanding that places goals and assists behind wins and racking up points in the standings.
Take Drew Miller for instance …
You can’t blame Miller for being frustrated as a healthy scratch on those rare occasions that Mike Babcock is fortunate enough to have a full contingent of forwards. It is a mindset that comes with being a professional, even if hockey players are habitually reassured in knowing that they’ll suit up on a game-to-game basis.
“It’s difficult because as a competitor, nobody likes sitting on the sidelines,” Miller said. “When you’re a member of the Red Wings, with some of the talent we have on this team, you don’t like it, but you understand.”
Miller has made the most of his opportunities, especially after being scratched. Three of the last four times that’s happened, he’s netted a goal in the very next game. On Thursday, he threw in a rare scuffle against Derek MacKenzie in Detroit’s 3-2 win over Columbus.
“Hopefully that will keep me in the lineup just a little bit longer,” Miller said. “Don’t underestimate me.”
- The Standings Watch is underway over at Nightmare on Helm Street.
- Congrats to On the Wings for eight years and counting in the blogosphere.
- The Production Line has a blurb on Gustav Nyquist, who was named as one of the ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award for the second straight year. Last season’s winner, Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion, happened to score four goals over the weekend for the Nashville Predators.
- Winging it in Motown gets you set for Monday’s Wings-Penguins showdown.