Helm (shoulder) not on the ice for Red Wings' practice.
Helm missed the last two games and it does not appear that he will play tomorrow vs. the Panthers. He will need to participate in tomorrow's morning skate in order to play. He has battled a lot of injuries as of late, but this does not appear to be too serious which is good news for the 26-year-old who has seven goals and 10 points in 15 games.
Helm's MRI revealed fluid on his shoulder and he will miss both Friday and Saturday's games.
Helm joins Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg as Red WIngs forwards on the shelf. Helm had been on fire scoring six goals and three assists in his last 10 games. Stephen Weiss will shift to centre between Justin Abdelkader and Daniel Alfredsson with Helm out. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Helm will not play on Friday because of a shoulder injury.
Helm will have an MRI on his shoulder where the nature severity of his injury is known. If the shoulder injury is serious it would be a terrible blow to the Red Wings and Helm. He has battled injuries throughout the last two seasons. Todd Bertuzzi will enter the lineup with Helm out, a full report should be revealed later today or tomorrow.
Red Wings head coach Babcock said Helm will center the second line tonight with Daniel Alfredsson and Tomas Tatar.
Babcock had said yesterday that Helm wasn't ready to play on the second line tonight, but he will get his shot with Johan Franzen and Stephen Weiss out. Helm has one goal in three games after missing over a year and a half of NHL action.
Helm will play tonight in Edmonton, unless he has a last-minute setback.
Helm will make his season debut tonight. Helm is a hard-working forward with a superb skating ability. Since scoring 26 points in 68 games in 2011-12, Helm has missed 67 of a possible 68 games in the last two years. The 26-year-old has only played one game in the last 18 months, but will be a welcomed addition to the Red Wings lineup.
Darren Helm (back/groin) still on track to play Saturday at Edmonton.
Helm has not suffered any setbacks, and could play in his second NHL game in over 18 months. He would be a great addition to the Red Wings lineup - he plays a great two-way game and is a fantastic penalty killer.
The Red Wings have recalled Darren Helm from Grand Rapids.
Helm spent the weekend on a two-game conditioning assignment with Grand Rapids. He didn't record any points but the most important thing is that he didn't suffer any setbacks with his ailing back and groin. He has only appeared in one NHL game in the last 18 months, but would be a huge addition to the Red Wings third line. Helm could return to the lineup on Saturday vs. the Rangers.
The Red Wings have sent forward Darren Helm to the Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning assignment, expected to consist of two games this coming weekend.
Helm, 26, has not played since Jan. 25, the only game he appeared in during last season's 48-game schedule. He hurt his back doing squats days before training camp, and while he advanced enough to join practices numerous times, he never healed enough to play. A sore knee cost him the last 10 games of the regular season in 2011-12, and then he suffered a cut to his right forearm one game into the 2012 playoffs, missing the rest of that short series. He has been sidelined this fall by a pulled groin. In short, Helm basically hasn't played in the NHL in 18 months.
The Red Wings placed Darren Helm on long-term injured reserve today, which means he’ll miss at least the first 10 games of the regular season. “I’ll be playing this year, I’m confident in that,” Helm said.
Helm participated in another full practice on Monday, centering a line with Drew Miller and Mikael Samuelsson. “I need to string together a few of those before I feel like I, ready to play,” Helm said. “I’ve only played four periods in the last 18 months. This will give me some time to get a little bit of a training camp, I guess, give me an opportunity to get ready, get in some skates, do some stuff after.”
Helm just left the ice, it does not appear he is close to returning.
It has been a frustrating year for Helm who was only able to play in one game last season because of a back injury. He is now dealing with a groin injury along with the lingering back issue. Helm would be a welcomed sight in the Red Wings lineup, but at this time there is no timetable for his return.
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.”