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Detroit’s Helm sees back specialist in New York

Feb 25, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

Darren Helm AP

Frustrated by his inability to recover from injury, Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm met with a back specialist in New York, who thinks he might’ve uncovered something new on Helm’s MRI.

“The doctor thinks he saw something there that other people didn’t see,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told “He gave him some medication. We’re going to see where he’s at in 4-5 days.”

Holland went on to explain the club would re-evaluate Helm when it got back to Detroit. The Red Wings are currently on a two-game Western road trip in Los Angeles and San Jose (Wednesday-Thursday) but will return to Michigan on Friday.

Helm, 26, has been hobbled by back issues all year long. The ailment has held him out of 18 of Detroit’s 19 games played thus far, and he hasn’t skated since the end of January.

Not having Helm in the lineup has been a major blow for the Wings. Head coach Mike Babcock has referred to Helm as the “best third-line center in the NHL.”

The injury has also taken its toll on Helm both mentally and physically.

“I come in for treatment, and then I go home to sleep,” Helm told the Detroit Free Press. “Mentally, I’ve had a couple of bad days here and there. It has been a long time since I’ve played hockey, and it does get you down.

“I’ve seen a couple of doctors, and they believe it will get better; it’s just a matter of time. I just have to stay happy and positive about that.”

  1. bensawesomeness - Feb 26, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Helm’s one of those guys on your team that you don’t realize how crucial to your team’s DNA he is until you take him out and you lose 5 in a row.

    Never heard a bad thing about him, seems like an awesome guy, hope he gets better soon!

    • polegojim - Feb 26, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Agreed – what I don’t understand is why so long to go to the specialist???

      Why didn’t the Wings Med staff front load the examinations and course of treatment, especially with a short year???

      • bensawesomeness - Feb 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        He’s seen a few specialists already, the fact that this one’s in NY suggests that he’s top-of-the-line, and a last resort.

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