Center Joakim Andersson has filled a big void at center on the Red Wings' third line and has been complemented by skilled wingers Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist.
Young defenseman was scheduled to have his cast removed on Wednesday. He said surgery had helped his thumb heal quicker than it would have ordinarily.
Speedy center hasn't skated in nearly three weeks. He hasn't relinquished hope of returning later this postseason. He said surgery has not been discussed.
Mike Babcock split up Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the power-play units in practice Wednesday and put Justin Abdelkader with Datsyuk and Johan Franzen.
The club's fifth-round pick in 2011 is expected to spend another season developing in Sweden before coming to North America.
Players liked having to play only three games in eight days after playing every other day in a first round that featured three trips to Anaheim.
The Blackhawks have enjoyed a storybook season after going 24 straight games without a regulation loss to start the year and a Chicago Tribune columnist wonders if they can overcome the type of adversity they never faced en route to the NHL's regular-season championship.
Howard became first Red Wings goalie since 1987 to face 40 or more shots and allow only one goal in a playoff victory.
Detroit coach Mike Babcock cautioned that his club hasn't done anything yet. Chicago's Joel Quenneville realizes they're back to square one with a victory in Game 4 Thursday.
In addition to scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-1 victory, Miller was also on the ice for a marathon shift that lasted 3 minutes, 15 seconds during a second-period Blackhawks' power play.
Detroit weathered a storm early in the second period. Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller then scored 31 seconds apart to give the Red Wings a lead they did not relinquish.
Detroit gets second-period goals from Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller and a big third-period goal from Pavel Datsyuk. The Blackhawks clearly are frustrated as they trail the series 2-1.