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(Drew) Miller nearly gets one by (Ryan) Miller

DETROIT >> Drew Miller is still looking to score his first goal in the NHL on his older brother, Ryan.

Sunday he had his best opportunity to do so.

Late in the third period, Drew chipped a puck out of the Wings’ zone and raced onto it. Vancouver defenseman Luca Sbisa harassed him after crossing center ice and he wasn’t able to get off a quality shot he wanted on his brother, the Canucks netminder.

“I was just trying to beat their defenseman and the puck was rolling,” Drew said. “By the time I got there I really didn’t think I’d get a chance to make a move so I just tried to take a shot and get it on net. I don’t know, it was a good chance.”

Drew, who wound up with two shots on goal, is also looking to record his first NHL point on Ryan.

“It’s a fun game, had a couple of good shifts against him in the offensive zone,” Drew said. “I heard they showed (my parents on TV) right after, so I’m sure they were pretty funny reactions.”

Despite not scoring, Drew did run his record to 7-1-0 all-time against his older brother after Detroit’s 5-3 win. Six of those wins have come as a member of the Wings.

“It’s not something that I hold over his head, but he knows it’s there,” Drew said. “When the game’s over you’re still brothers. You don’t get to see each other that much.”

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Wings focused on fast start after four-day break

DETROIT >> The Wings are focused on one things after a four-day break between games … getting off to a fast start.

“We’ve definitely got to get going right away,” Drew Miller said. “We know that Chicago is a team that starts quick and they play hard. We can take a lot of positives from (the break). We got some guys that are a little beat up and could use some rest.

“We want to have a good start and establish our game right away,” Miller added. “We know they like to play with speed and we got to cut their big guys off and limit that.”

The Wings last played on Sunday.

“Any time you have four days off it’s a good thing, we’re not complaining about it but at the same time you got to make sure you get off to a good start, make sure you get your legs under you right away,” Justin Abdelkader said. “As time goes here it’s going to prove to be a great break and beneficial to us. They’re a fast-starting team. We got to make sure we match that and come out skating right away.”

Detroit only has one more four-day break between games this season and that’s comes at the start of February.

“For a couple of days you kind of check out of hockey for a bit,” Miller said. “You have days away from the rink, try to get away and get your mind elsewhere. It’s a long season. Then when you’re back at the rink, back at practice, you dial it back in and get ready to go, have some good practices and get ready for the next game.”

The Wings play 13 games in the next 24 days, playing every other day beginning Friday. Eight of their next 13 games are at home.

Andersson in for Alfredsson; Drew hopes to face his brother, Ryan, in St. Louis

DETROIT >> Quick update from the Wings’ practice that took place at University Liggett, Saturday afternoon.

Daniel Alfredsson won’t play Sunday in St. Louis.

Joakim Andersson will take his spot after being a healthy scratch the last five games.

“That was my first time ever being a healthy scratch,” Andersson said. “It’s tough, obviously. The guys have been doing good, made the playoffs. It’s going to be fun going into a series.”

Andersson will skate with Darren Helm and Tomas Jurco.

“We have a lot of good players,” Andersson said. “A lot of guys from Grand Rapids were playing well. Myself, I haven’t been great.”

Andersson, who missed six games with a broken foot, is a minus-11 in 64 games this season.

“This season has been up and down for me,” said Andersson, who has eight goals and nine assists. “I think I can be a better player. Other players have been doing good.”

Wings coach Mike Babcock said that sitting Andersson had nothing to do with his play on the ice.

“Andy’s been good,” Babcock said. “Andy just got in a situation where I tried something else, it worked. Andy’s a good player, plays hard for us, a smart, important part of our team. It had nothing to do with anything he did.”

Drew Miller may get another chance to face his brother, Ryan, Sunday as well.

“I’m always trying to score goals every game,” said Drew, who has yet to score a goal on his brother in the NHL. “Nothing really changes there. It would be cool to get one on him. Record wise I know I have him. Not sure what it is, but I know I have him pretty good I think. We’ll see if we can continue that.

“I’ve had a few shots, but nothing that I would say was a Grade-A chance,” Drew added. “Every game I just try and do what I do.”

Ryan was dealt from Buffalo to the Blues prior to the trade deadline.

“It went to seeing him maybe once a year, to having him in our division and then he leaves,” Drew said. “Then we play them two more times at the end of the year and he’s already gone from Buffalo. I guess that’s just the way it works sometimes.

“Any chance you get to play against each other it’s fun,” Drew continued. “You try and make the most of it. Most of it is off the ice, just getting a chance to see him.”

Red-hot Getzlaf leads Ducks against Red Wings

DETROIT — Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf comes into tonight’s game against the Wings on a 16-game points streak.

The streak is the longest in the league this season.

“He’s playing well, he’s a big part of their team,” Drew Miller said. “I don’t think in the past he’s scored as many goals as he has this year, he does so many other things well, passing the puck, power play, penalty kill, he does it all for this team.”

During those 16 games, Getzlaf has 10 goals and 13 assists.

“He’s someone you have to be above in the neutral zone,” Miller said. “You can’t let him have too much space. We’re going to try to keep him from really get going. If he gets his space early and gets his game going, he’ll rolling the whole game, so you got to keep him quiet as long as you can.”

Getzlaf is fourth in the league in scoring with 16 goals and 23 assists.

Wings look to get back that home-ice advantage on extended home stand

DETROIT – Home ice is supposed to be an advantage in the NHL.

The Wings of late have been playing it like it’s a disadvantage.

“It’s an area we want to be better at,” Drew Miller said. “We’re hoping this road trip, even though we had a tough game there in Winnipeg, we can take all those positives from the road, and there were a lot, and we’re going to try and take that back home.”

After a successful four-game trip to Western Canada, where the Wings went 3-1-0, they play seven of their next eight at Joe Louis Arena beginning tonight against the Dallas Stars.

“We’re home here for a lot of games, I think pretty much the rest of the month,” Miller said. “We’ve got a chance to turn it around. That’s the approach we have to have. You have to win your games at home.”

Detroit was winless in its last three-game home stand prior to their trip to Canada, going 0-1-2.

“That’s how seasons go,” Miller said. “There are some where you’re great on the road and don’t do so well at home, then the next season you’re horrible on the road and great at home. I think it’s just the ups and downs of the season. It’s too early to say that we’re playing horrible or bad at home. We have time to correct it and get back on path.”

It was so long ago that the Wings were unbeatable at home.

The rolled off an NHL-record 23 consecutive wins, from Nov. 5, 2011 to Feb. 19, 2012, on home ice.

“Being here at home, we’re going to have to find a way to get on a roll here because we got to make this a tough place to play,” Jimmy Howard said. “This is a great place to place, especially in front of our fans, how passionate they are. We just got to come out and be focused.”

Since that record winning streak Detroit is only 21-14-8 at Joe Louis Arena.

“Well, we struggled the last game of the trip to make sure that wasn’t going to happen,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said when asked about why they seem to struggle the first game back from a long road trip. “We got six out of a possible eight points away from home. We know we’ve got eight of the next 10 at home. We all know how important playing at home is and we know when we turn the puck over we’re no good.”

Wings see advantages and disadvantages to eliminating fighting

DETROIT – With the outcry from a number of general managers wanting to take steps to eliminate fighting in the league, many players in the Detroit Red Wings locker room feel there’s still a place for it.

“I think what they’re trying to do is take out the staged part of the fighting, which you understand in a way, but I think there’s still a place for it,” said Justin Abdelkader, who has 12 fighting majors during the regular season according to hockeyfights.com. “I think it’s still part of the game, part of the history.”

Last week, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman told TSN.ca’s Darren Dreger that he felt players that fought should be assessed a game misconduct. He later extended that into banning fighting altogether.

“We penalize and suspend players for making contact with the head while checking, in an effort to reduce head injuries, yet we still allow fighting,” Yzerman told Dreger. “We’re stuck in the middle and need to decide what kind of sport we want to be, either anything goes and we accept the consequences, or take the next step and eliminate fighting.”

The outcry to put fighting under the microscope came after Montreal’s George Parros was taken off on a stretcher after slamming face-first into the ice while fighting Toronto’s Coltin Orr on Tuesday.

Parros suffered a concussion.

“Fighting has been a part of the game since Day 1,” Jordin Tootoo said. “It’s about having respect for each other and doing … what’s called changing momentum of a game. It’s a difference maker, but at the same time you’re not going out to want to intentionally hurt the guy.”

Tootoo has had 52 fighting majors over the last seven seasons.

“For me, I play a pretty rambunctious style of hockey that allows other teams to have a hate on me and I got to be able to back it up,” Tootoo said. “I do and I feel comfortable in doing that.”

Drew Miller sees advantages and disadvantages in trying to eliminate fighting from the game.

“You have to respect the guys that do it on a night to night basis,” Drew Miller said. “I think it does create a spark when needed, momentum shifts, but I don’t know where you draw the line where that’s more beneficial than someone’s health.

“It’s a fine line,” Miller continued. “Do you get rid of squaring off or if someone has a cheap shot or do you allow them to go after that. As long as I’ve been playing hockey you’ve seen it and now as a pro you’re a part of it. For me if it was all gone it would be different and weird. But with a transition period maybe it would become normal eventually.”

Jimmy Howard can go with it our without it.

“There’s no fighting in the Olympics, but you still see guys mixing it up,” he said. “The unique situation about the Olympics if you fight you’re sitting out the next game, so that’s a tough decision to make when you’re short-handing your team. That’s probably in the back of guy’s heads and why you don’t see if that much in the Olympics of the World Juniors.”

During Yzerman’s early years in Detroit he had enforcer Bob Probert as a bodyguard.

“I think it’s still important to have,” Mikael Samuelsson said. “I still think it’s a big part of the game that some teams play. I think it’s good some times. It has its purpose.”

Samuelsson believes having an enforcer on the ice helps eliminate players taking cheap shots on each other.

“If they call for suspensions on cheap shots then it’s a different story,” Samuelsson said. “If they don’t do that then yes they need tough guys in the game.”

Wings know they need to stay out of the penalty box

DETROIT — The Wings know they’re going to have to do a better job of staying out of the penalty box, but going 7-for-7 on the PK was a nice.

“I think every year we think they’re going to call it tight at the beginning of the year and then it eases up,” Drew Miller said. “I don’t think the refs think that way, but for some reason that’s how it seems to shake out the way. We can’t take that many penalties, especially the 5-on-3 ones, going down two men is tough.”

Buffalo had a pair of 5-on-3 power plays on Wednesday, one in each of the first two periods, lasting all of two minutes and 22 seconds and could only muster two shots on goal.

“The positive side, I thought out PK did well,” Miller said. “From (Jimmy Howard) to the D to all the forwards that were a part of it we were systems strong and that’s kind of how we finished last year. We bought into playing a certain way and it’s carried over to this year. It was definitely a positive thing.

“Last year St. Louis I think scored four power play goals on us in the opener and our percentage was killed after that game,” Miller continued. “It was nice to get that first game going seven-for-seven and build off that to keep the percentage up. We all take pride in that. We want to be at the top of the league.”

The Blues were 4-for-5 with the man advantage in last year’s opener.

“It was a nightmare,” Howard said of last season’s 6-0 loss to St. Louis. “Last year was a different scenario where it was just thrown together. We progressed and got a lot better.

“It was a great start off to the year,” Howard continued. “The past couple of years we could have been a lot better on the penalty kill, but it was a great start last night. This time of the year is when they call it tight. They’re going to call everything to keep the sticks down. You just have to play through it and keep your stick down on the puck.”