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Injured Red Wings Helm, Bertuzzi see little improvement

Mar 18, 2013, 8:12 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings’ bad injury news didn’t stop at Kyle Quincey‘s season-threatening facial injury on Monday.

Respective back injuries continue to haunt forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi,’s Ansar Khan reports.

Helm, 26, has been limited to just one game this season because of those back problems. The team was hoping he’d be able to play on Wednesday, but a setback leaves that as a mere “pipe dream,” according to head coach Mike Babcock.

Meanwhile, Bertuzzi skated for a few minutes last week but didn’t feel good. The 38-year-old hopes to avoid surgery. (About the only good news for him? His contract doesn’t expire until after the 2013-14 campaign.)

The Red Wings are currently ranked fifth in the West with 33 points, but the margin of error isn’t large, especially since they’re tied for the most games played in the conference at 29.

  1. bensawesomeness - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I was really hoping Helm would play again this week, but i honestly don’t expect Bertuzzi to play again this season, if at all

  2. fusionix7 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Outside of Datsyuk and Z, maybe Franzen when he decides to show up, Helm is hugely important to this team. He makes the team seem deeper than it is. His blazing speed and defensive abilities are sorely missed.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 18, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      The Wings also missed Val Flip too.Glad he is back and scored in both games.

  3. clefty1 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Holland should buy Bert out, he has had a history of back problems and the Wings could look at other free agents plus they could also give Tatar and Nyquist a shot at being full timers.

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