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Report: Detroit loses Helm for remainder of playoffs

Apr 12, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT


According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Darren Helm‘s postseason is over.

That’s the report after Helm underwent surgery yesterday following his arm getting cut by Alexander Radulov‘s skate in Nashville’s 3-2 series-opening win over Detroit.

“Helm playoff run is over,” Kypreos tweeted. “It’s believed tendon damage that required surgery went well.”

Kypreos’ report confirms what the Detroit Free Press suggested yesterday:

Losing Helm for the series – and almost certainly for the duration of the playoffs – is a blow to the Wings’ third line, by domino effect their fourth line, and to the penalty kill. The Wings were also counting on Helm to be a big hitter especially against Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, helping to wear them down during the series.

Helm had only just come back to play in Game 1 after being out since March 17, when he suffered a sprained MCL.

“I feel bad for him,” Brad Stuart said. “He’s worked hard to get back. I don’t know what the severity of his injury is, but you’ve got to feel bad for the kid, he worked hard to get back and only lasted a couple of shifts. It’s going to be a big loss for us, but we’ve got somebody else to step up for us.”

Helm, 25, figured to be a key figure for Detroit this postseason. He’s played in 65 career playoff games and won a Cup with Detroit in his rookie year of 2007-08.

  1. nhbsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Poor kid…get better soon. Like I said in the other post about this, it reminds me a lot of the slashed tendons Seidenberg got that kept him out of the playoffs a couple years back.

    I’m surprised there aren’t more blade related injuries with the speed of today’s game…

  2. sonvar - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Ouch that’s rough especially in his first game back. Hope he’ll be ok and that he can continue to play next season then.

  3. govtminion - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I’m just glad he’s alive! That could have been really, REALLY bad.

  4. geo91 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    No hockey or spanking off, double whammy (n)

  5. michiganhockey11 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    They need a line of Abdelkader, Miller and Nyquist/Conner to start banging some bodies around. Too bad Wings don’t have anybody around like Dallas Drake via 2008 playoffs. He was hitting anything and everything in those series.

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