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Hard-luck Helm hurt again, won’t travel with Wings

Dec 5, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

Darren Helm AP

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, but Darren Helm is hurt.

The oft-injured Red Wings forward won’t travel with the club for Friday’s game in New Jersey because of a shoulder injury, according to

Helm is scheduled to undergo a MRI today to figure out the extent of damage.

The 26-year-old speedster has had absolutely no luck with his health this year. He missed 47 regular season and all 14 playoff games during the lockout-shortened campaign with a back injury, then another 14 this year with the same issue.

What makes this latest setback so frustrating for Detroit is that Helm provided a huge spark upon his return. He scored seven goals and 10 points in 15 games, and was on pace to break his career high of 12 goals, set in the 2010-11 campaign.

The injury also compounds Detroit’s troublesome injury situation. Henrik Zetterberg is out for at least two weeks with a back ailment, Pavel Datsyuk is day-to-day (head) and Danny DeKeyser is on LTIR with a separated shoulder.

  1. jmcurran28 - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Tough break, can’t praise Helmer enough for what he brings to the Wings, hopefully it’s nothing too major. We all seem to go through these rough injury patches around this time of year. Just have to stay positive, and look for contributions from some of the other guys.

    Too bad Mantha isn’t “ready” to be called up.

  2. lilgurgi - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    I feel for the Wings, but everyone has injury bugs sooner or later in the NHL. Take for instance last year the Flyers used something like 15 different defenseman due to injuries, etc. Only 2 of the starting 6 on opening night were able to play by the end of the season. Good luck wishes to the Wings for getting some of these guys back healthy. Flyers fan through and through, but I do enjoy watching the rest of the talent battle it out in the NHL.

  3. operwapitsai - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    why do some guys get the label injury prone while others get away with just having bad luck?

    • lilgurgi - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      It’s all in the eye of the beholder. Saying someone is Injury Prone compares to Bad Luck is like when someone calls a agitator/fighter “scared to fight” compared to “he picks his spots of when to fight”. There really is no formula.

    • polegojim - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Injury prone = regularly out due to ‘routine play’ injuries or mysterious injuries.

      See Mike’s description of Helm’s history above. Classic Injury Prone.

      I like Helm… but ‘oft-injured’ and ‘injury prone’ he is, from the back that kept him out a year… to this shoulder… at which point no one even knows when it happened. It’s not like you can tie it to an individual bad deal like Dats head injury. Dats deal was just a bad play on him.

      Helm gets hurt just by playing the game without major incident. Unfortunately, that IS injury prone.

  4. LampyB - Dec 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Helm is 100% injury prone. Hes worse than Havlat and Horton

    • mshantz22 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Buuuuut he’s been playing better than both of them lately (when Horton was playing) and is payed less than half as much as those two guys. Philly threw a lot of hard hits last night. Not surprised that somebody got injured.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Did you throw your tv out after Detroit was eliminated last year in the playoffs? Horton was top 5 in playoff scoring the last time he was on the ice. Its not Horton’s fault the Blue Jackets overpaid. Thats the market.

  5. tigers182 - Dec 5, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    The Wings are holding tryouts to fill out the roster. I can’t believe they’re in fourth in the East with all their injuries.

    • polegojim - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Yes, it is amazing… and is exactly why they’re NOT holding tryouts to fill the roster… sheesh… haven’t you been paying attention???

      They’ve done a very good job with some depth… and it’s being tested right now.

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