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Aching to return, Helm suffers setback

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07:17 AM ET 05.23 | The Red Wings are rolling these days, of course, and they're doing it without Darren Helm in the lineup. Helm was expected to be the Red Wings' third-line center before injuring his back in the weight room just before training camp began in January this lockout-shortened season. No one could have guessed then that the injury would limit him to just one game this season. ... The plan now is for Helm to stay off the ice indefinitely. "Something happened (skating during the Anaheim series) and it hurt a lot and I was limping around for a couple of days," Helm said. "We decided to take a step back and we needed a different approach -- staying off the ice a lot longer. Helm said "absolutely" it was a setback in his recovery. "It wasn't a step forward, that's for sure."

The Detroit News

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May 23, 2013  08:48 AM ET

let him rest....let's see what happens....

May 23, 2013  09:05 AM ET

Yep, if they don't need him, let him rest.

May 23, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Judging by how well the first period goes for us tonight; I might be switching channels and tuning into this series more closely.

May 23, 2013  09:47 AM ET

While I'd love to see him out there....I'd rather he sits til training camp next year.... get completely healthy. Like was said before ...even if the Wings lost the next 3 and went out...I'd still be happy with the way they played in the playoffs....finally some grit and fight from a team everyone always says is soft. Young guys are coming up and showing they can play at this level...so the retool is well under way and progressing well.

May 23, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Judging by how well the first period goes for us tonight; I might be switching channels and tuning into this series more closely.

The game starts an hour after yours so you should be able to see the whole thing. :-)

May 23, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The game starts an hour after yours so you should be able to see the whole thing. :-)

Though my prognostication abilities are well know to well....STINK
I am saying a Rangers' win tonight

May 23, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Judging by how well the first period goes for us tonight; I might be switching channels and tuning into this series more closely.

I should edjumicate you in basic TV 101.

Record them all, watch them all.

You can probably see 2 periods of your game before switching to the Det game. But only if you let it record for a spell, so you can jump between plays and intermissions and avoid those pesky "updates from around the league" they pepper you with.

Then you zip over and watch a period or two of Det before heading back to see the 3rd period of your Rangers. Then back to the Det game, etc....

It's a pefect system.

May 23, 2013  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I should edjumicate you in basic TV 101.Record them all, watch them all.You can probably see 2 periods of your game before switching to the Det game. But only if you let it record for a spell, so you can jump between plays and intermissions and avoid those pesky "updates from around the league" they pepper you with.Then you zip over and watch a period or two of Det before heading back to see the 3rd period of your Rangers. Then back to the Det game, etc....It's a pefect system.

Thanks for that Hank but its predicated on actually "wanting" to see the Rags.

May 23, 2013  10:09 AM ET

I didn't expect him back this year. What's important is his career going forward; no matter what one thinks, he is key to this team--he may not score a ton of points, but he's disruptive and an excellent penalty killer. I just want to know is if this going to affect him long term, and of course they don't know that yet.

May 23, 2013  10:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thanks for that Hank but its predicated on actually "wanting" to see the Rags.

These playoffs have been pretty brutal on fanbases. First how Toronto lost, and then some of these loses for the Rangers...brutal. I mean you thought the Rangers got a break on that game winner the other night, it took one of the oddest bounces in their favor and then the Bruins still scored.

May 23, 2013  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yep, if they don't need him, let him rest.

They haven't so far. With a win tonight, the Wings can become like a boa constrictor and really squeeze the air out of the Hawks ... which will be just fine with me. :-)

May 23, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

let him rest....let's see what happens....

Hasn't he been resting since January?

May 23, 2013  10:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The game starts an hour after yours so you should be able to see the whole thing. :-)

Just plain mean, LOL

May 23, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

While I'd love to see him out there....I'd rather he sits til training camp next year.... get completely healthy. Like was said before ...even if the Wings lost the next 3 and went out...I'd still be happy with the way they played in the playoffs....finally some grit and fight from a team everyone always says is soft. Young guys are coming up and showing they can play at this level...so the retool is well under way and progressing well.

With him back, and Dekeyser, and the way these young guys are playing, no matter what happens these playoffs, next year in the east they will be noticed.

May 23, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

With him back, and Dekeyser, and the way these young guys are playing, no matter what happens these playoffs, next year in the east they will be noticed.

Dekeyser was playing great without training camp and without too much time under Babcock's tutelage. It will be interesting to see what he can do with a full year.

I saw yesterday that the Wings signed a Swedish d-man that wears #5. No, Lidstrom isn't coming back, some guy named Backman. They list him at 6'-2", 169 pounds--wow that's a pole. Anywho, he's just 20, Nill said he probably has 2-3 years before NHL play.

May 23, 2013  11:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thanks for that Hank but its predicated on actually "wanting" to see the Rags.

I want to watch them.

Unlike Limpic hockey, this actually means something soe I watcch ALL of them.

May 23, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

With him back, and Dekeyser, and the way these young guys are playing, no matter what happens these playoffs, next year in the east they will be noticed.

Biggest difference this year is there is a fully operational Datsyuk unit playing for Detroit. Not bogged down with injuries.

May 23, 2013  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I want to watch them.Unlike Limpic hockey, this actually means something soe I watcch ALL of them.

My aren't you special.

May 23, 2013  11:59 AM ET

They just might miss him sometime in the next two rounds, though - yep, Pavel's team is still going to have something to say, come July. Hey, is this gonna end before the draft?

 
May 23, 2013  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I should edjumicate you in basic TV 101.Record them all, watch them all.You can probably see 2 periods of your game before switching to the Det game. But only if you let it record for a spell, so you can jump between plays and intermissions and avoid those pesky "updates from around the league" they pepper you with.Then you zip over and watch a period or two of Det before heading back to see the 3rd period of your Rangers. Then back to the Det game, etc....It's a pefect system.

I would need formal training

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