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Darren Helm Plans to Return Quickly After Latest Injury, Pavel Datsyuk to Play Tonight

December 10th, 2013 at 11:56 AM
By Rebecca Pierce

Darren Helm returned to the list of injured players last Wednesday after landing on his shoulder last week in the Detroit Red Wings' loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Helm had been out for the majority of last season and the beginning of this one with a slew of injuries, and after only 15 games played in 2013-14 season so far, he is back in recovery.

“It was one of those plays, a freak thing,” Helm said. “I went down, landed on it and someone may have hit me as well when I was down. I went off for a bit and came back.”

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But the center is hoping the shoulder won't keep him down long (a week to 10 days is the positive outlook). And so are fans – Helm has scored seven goals and had three assists since he returned, some needed help that the Wings were grateful for. Helm said he is "optimistic" that he "won't be out long" and may join the skate Wednesday in Florida.

Team captain Henrik Zetterberg and rookie Danny DeKeyser are also currently on the Red Wings' injured reserve. However, alternate Pavel Datsyuk will return tonight after missing seven games due to concussion. Before his injury, Datsyuk scored 12 goals and recorded 11 assists in the 24 games he played this season. The center was sorely missed those seven games he was out, but the Wings still hold 3rd place in the Atlantic Division going into tonight's game against the Panthers, to whom they lost 2-1 on Saturday at Joe Louis Arena.

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Tags: Darren Helm, Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, injuries, NHL, Pavel Datsyuk, shoulder

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