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Detroit likely to start season without Helm, Samuelsson

Jan 16, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

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Sounds as though the Red Wings will play this weekend without two of their top nine forwards.

Darren Helm (back) and Mikael Samuelsson (groin) probably won’t be available for Saturday’s season-opening tilt in St. Louis, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Helm tweaked a back muscle last Thursday and hasn’t returned to the ice since. When asked if he’d be available for the Blues game, he replied “probably not.”

“I can’t bend over too well,” he said. “I have to tie my skates before I can skate around. It’s a small injury, but it bugs me quite a bit. I have to make sure I can skate before I go out there.”

Samuelsson suffered a groin strain on the opening day of camp. He described the injury as a “minor, minor thing” but, given he’s 36 and has a history of groin issues (he missed 22 games last year with a similar injury), his status is questionable.

If both players are out, it’ll force Wings head coach Mike Babcock to juggle things a bit.

Samuelsson was set to open on the second line alongside Valtteri Filppula and Johan Franzen, while Helm was going to center the third line between Dan Cleary and Todd Bertuzzi.

Justin Abdelkader seems like the leading candidate to replace Helm, while either Bertuzzi or Cleary is set to jump up to play wing on the second line.

  1. redwingsfan999 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    We still have like 5 other players we can play but it is a loss not having helm and Samuelson

  2. tmoore4075 - Jan 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Maybe Knuble will get his shot after all.

  3. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    We’re going to be hearing these 2 words a lot this year; “groin injury”.

  4. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Jan 16, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Helm is the bigger loss, big dropoff from him to Abby.

  5. sampulls - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Wings are going to be a surprise this year. Unfortunately for them, the surprise is that they won’t be nearly as good as they think.

  6. xjokerz - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    I don’t think any of us wings fans are to excited … We didnt get anyone from free agency and our team is old as dirt. But I did lose all interest in the NHL when the lock out began. Bring on baseball

    • polegojim - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Ave age of Red Wings is 29… Average of of the Youngest team (Avs) is 26. Really not much different… and dirt is much older!

      Plus, take a look at the ‘older’ teams… more ‘older’ teams make the playoffs.

      The Wings DO need some ‘younger’ prospects to step up and show they are future stars – Helm is the only ‘stand out’. Others not so much…see Abdelkader…. Emmerton, Lashoff, Smith are still very green.

      Looking for the next Hank and Dats – who if you’ll recall were 7th and 6th round picks.

  7. hypefree10 - Jan 17, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    How are the Red Wings old as dirt?

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