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An alleviated Miller won't need surgery on hand

Wednesday, 04.24.2013 / 3:43 PM ET
By Bill Roose - DetroitRedWings.com / The Wheel Deal
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Drew Miller sports a cast on his right hand, which was fractured last Saturday in Vancouver. (Photo by Bill Roose/Detroit Red Wings)

DETROIT – Relieved that his broken hand doesn’t need surgery, Drew Miller is still frustrated with the season-ending injury that occurred in last Saturday’s 2-1 shootout loss at Vancouver.

“You can’t go back and change it now,” he said. “You just got to be positive and believe in the guys in here and everyone’s going to do as much as they can to get into the playoffs.”

Miller is expected to miss at least four weeks after he fractured the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand when he was struck by an Alex Edler wrist shot in the first period at Rogers Arena on Saturday.

“I felt it right away, but at the same time I’ve been hit in the hand before and you feel it and kind of shake it off,” said Miller, who has four goals and four assists in 44 games. “I felt it more when I went into the corner and I tried to hit the puck off of his stick. I felt it move a lot more than it should.”

The fourth metacarpal bone is located at the base of the ring finger.

Before his injury, Miller was one of five players to appear in every game this season for the Red Wings, joining defenseman Niklas Kronwall and forwards Justin Abdelkader, Daniel Cleary and Cory Emmerton.

With three games remaining, the Red Wings are seeking to extend their 21-season playoff streak. Miller hopes they can get to the postseason and beyond the second round.

“Really not much more you can do,” he said. “Pound your calcium, your vitamin D, do the bone stimulator as much as I can. Let it rest for a bit and get back on the ice and skate. Do as much as I can to be ready for the end of the second round, somewhere around there. … I want to be back as fast as I can.”

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