Red Wings’ Miller isn’t letting broken jaw ruin his Christmas dinner

Detroit Red Wings veteran forward Drew Miller is already thinking about his Christmas meal.
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Detroit Red Wings forward Drew Miller must be one of the those glass-half-full type of guys. His plate, however, might be filled differently.

After breaking his jaw on a hit from Arizona Coyotes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck on Dec. 3, Miller told reporters that he's rather fortunate with the end result. In fact, the 31-year-old is keeping optimistic that he can still have a joyous Christmas dinner despite having difficulty chewing his food.

Via Detroit Free Press:

Additional food for thought for Miller is that he refuses to adhere to a specific return date. Instead, he takes a day-by-day approach.

Miller has scored one goal and set up another in 26 games this season. The former Michigan State star has 57 tallies and 58 assists in 514 career contests with the Anaheim Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Red Wings.

“I can't be chewing on a steak and putting that pressure on the jaw. I have to let it settle down and give it the time it needs to heal. I can eat chicken; I just have to cut it up in smaller bites. Can't crunch down. Just have to chew it up a little bit and swallow. … Christmas has enough food options, so I can find enough to stuff myself.”