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Helm’s MRI (back) shows no structural damage, could be in Detroit lineup soon

Jan 28, 2013, 2:18 PM EST

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The back issue that’s plagued Darren Helm‘s start to the regular season might soon be a thing of the past.

Detroit GM Ken Holland reports an MRI done on Helm’s back revealed no structural damage, meaning the forward could return to action soon — possibly this weekend.

“There’s no structural damage,” Holland told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s just a re-aggravation of an old injury. There’s a little inflammation, so he’s going to get an anti-inflammatory and take a few days off.”

After missing the opening three games of the season, Helm made his season debut on Friday in a 5-3 win over Minnesota, playing 12:27.

But that game only seemed to re-aggravate the back injury, as Helm was then held out of the Wings’ overtime loss to Chicago on Sunday night.

With a light slate of games for the week — Detroit plays at home vs. Dallas on Tuesday, then host the Blues on Friday — it is possible that Helm could return to the lineup in time for Saturday’s road date in Columbus.

Of note, the statuses of fellow injured Red Wings — Forward Mikael Samuelsson (groin), defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo (separated shoulder) and Ian White (lacerated leg) and goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) — remain unchanged.

  1. polegojim - Jan 28, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    GREAT to hear!!!

    The PP needs him badly, but also need his speed for entering the O-Zone.

    I just hope he can endure the hits and keep playing strongly.

    Glad he was their for the Minnesota win!!!

    Crazy beginning to this season… lose to Blues and Blackhawks… beat Minnesota….

    • datsyukdominates - Jan 28, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      You’re right, this is great news. I’m not sure what Wings games you’ve been watching though…Helm doesn’t play on the power play, ever (unless it’s garbage time). He’s a badass on the penalty kill though!

      • polegojim - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

        That’s part of my point… they’re sick on PK and even worse on PP. It needs some mixing up.

        He wasn’t part of the PP previously due to personnel. Things are way different this year.

        The thing that make him good on PK can also help on PP… he’s a very strong skater and can move around well in the zone. They need to put him in there.

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