Center Darren Helm (back) didn't practice with the team Saturday but has been skating on his own.
Said coach Mike Babcock: “I just saw all of the MRIs and all of that, and they were explaining it all to me, and it sounds like things are going in a positive direction for him. But, we’ve been hearing that for a long time. So when he starts practicing every day and has no side-effects, we’ll know something good’s happened.”
Babcock said Helm had a setback. They were hoping he'd play Wednesday but now that's a "pipe dream" he said.
It looks like Helm won't be returning for a lengthy period of time. Every time he gets close, he has suffered a setback this season. The 26-year-old's back just will not cooperate the way he would like.
Helm is expected to return to the Red WIngs lineup on Wednesday, but the fact that he left practice early today is alarming. He is not a good fantasy option, but he is a key piece the Red Wings would like to have back.