By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2013-14 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.
For the first time in his seven-season NHL career he played in every regular-season game in 2013-14. Defenseman Kyle Quincey was the only other player on the Red Wings’ roster to appear in every game last season.
The most penalty minutes produced in a single season in his career. He had eight penalties, including a double-minor for high-sticking, and a fighting major against Colorado’s Cory Sarich (Oct. 17). It was Miller’s third career NHL fight.
The average shorthanded ice time logged last season, which was second only to defenseman Niklas Kronwall (3:03). Miller’s 246-plus shorthanded minutes were a team high last season.
Posted a career-high in hits, finishing second on the team only to forward Justin Abdelkader (172). Miller’s previous high in hits was 97 during the 2009-10 season when he finished No. 8 on the Wings.
For the fourth straight season led all Red Wings’ forward in the number of blocked shots. His career high was 66 in 80 games during 2011-12. He had season-high three blocks in three different games – at Phoenix (Oct. 19), at Dallas (Jan. 4), and at Montreal (Apr. 5).
The career number of game-winning goals he has after scoring a third-period goal – his second of the game and only GWG of the season – in Detroit’s 4-2 win at Ottawa (Dec. 1). More than 26 percent of his goals scored since joining the Red Wings in 2009-10 have been game-winners. Only defensemen Brad Stuart (31.2%) and Brett Lebda (27.8%) have produced a higher percentage of GWG in Red Wings’ history.