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Red Wings newest second line center? Darren Helm

Nov 9, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

Darren Helm AP

You’d think after signing Stephen Weiss in the offseason, the Detroit Red Wings questions about who would be their second line center would be through.

Instead, Weiss has struggled and is now out with a groin issue and his most recent heir-apparent on the second line, Johan Franzen, is hurting as well.

Who’s next to give the second line a go Saturday night against Tampa Bay? According to George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press it’s Darren Helm.

While Helm will start on the second line, Helm is playing in just his fourth game of the season and not quite ready for the minutes playing that line calls for.

“Is he going to play 18-plus minutes? No,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We’ll have to have committee.”

That committee will involve the likes of Joakim Andersson and Luke Glendening helping split time up the middle. At least there’s always Pavel Datsyuk to make sure the first line can do their thing.

  1. polegojim - Nov 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I like it.
    Weiss hasn’t earned it – maybe this will give him time to meditate on actually EARNING the salary.


  2. 2late2matter - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Helms can grab some important line time while the likes of Franzen and Weiss are on sabbatical. Beats doing bench time.

  3. hockeydon10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Uh, Franzen isn’t a center. Unless they’re trying to convert him into one.

  4. aerowings7 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Maybe Babcock should take a page out of Bowman’s playbook and play Franzen or Weiss on defense. It couldn’t hurt them with the way Detroit’s D has been lately. Also, it might motivate them to get in gear

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