Detroit Red Wings: Darren Helm Will Not Return This Season

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Detroit Red Wings Darren Helm

Coach Mike Babacock told the Detroit Free Press that he doesn’t believe center Darren Helm will return to the ice this season.. With roughly three weeks remaining in the regular season, the Red Wings can now move forward without planning on Helm returning to the lineup.. The news is the latest crushing blow to the promising career of the speedy young center, as he will now finish the 2013 season having only played 12 minutes.. Helm spent the entire offseason and the duration of the lockout recovering from a wrist injury that required surgery, only to be sidelined with a back injury suffered in the first game of the season.. Helm scored nine goals and had 26 points for the Red Wings last season while missing a handful of games with various injuries.. In 249 career games, he has scored 32 goals and recorded 83 points.. The Red Wings are fighting for their playoff life, and in addition to Helm are missing Todd Bertuzzi, Mikael Samuelsson and Damien Brunner.. While Brunner is only listed as day-to-day, Bertuzzi and Sameulsson have been limited to few appearances this season while battling injuries, much like Helm.. With Helm out, rookie Joakim Andersson has earned an extended stay in Detroit.. He has scored three goals while adding four assists in 29 games.. As the final push for the playoffs kicks into high gear this weekend, the Red Wings may need to look at another forward from the AHL team, since it seems unlikely they will get any player other than Brunner back in action. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/04/09/detroit-red-wings-darren-helm-will-not-return-this-season/

NHL Power Rankings: Slumping Detroit Red Wings drop three spots to No. 15

For a team that’s 2-4 in its last six games with one overtime victory and a 7-1 blowout loss to the Chicago Blackhawks , it’s no surprise the Red Wings are taking on water in the NHL Power Rankings.. The Red Wings’ highest mark this week came from NHL.com, which has them 13th.. Although TSN.ca was one of two sets of NHL Power Rankings that have the Red Wings 16th, they actually moved up three spots in that poll.. Chicago is back atop our NHL Power Rankings with Montreal second and Sidney Crosbyless Pittsburgh third.. Here’s how the Red Wings stack up: •  CBSSports.com : 16th, down from 12th last week.. The skinny:  “Good news: Well, the Wings are still in a playoff position.. Bad news: That position is very tenuous in eighth place, though they do have a game in hand.. Right now they’re paired with No.. 1 Chicago in the playoff outlook.” •  TSN.ca : 16th, up from 19th.. The skinny: “One regulation win in the last six games has left the Red Wings in bit of a precarious position.. They hold a three-point lead on ninth-place Phoenix, but the Coyotes do have a game at hand.. What could work in the Wings’ favour is that some of the potential challenges, including Phoenix, Dallas and Nashville, already shed veterans at the deadline.” •  Philly.com : 14th, down from 10th. source: http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/local/link?urlid=4645101

NHL on NBC: Blues, Red Wings renew Central Division rivalry

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ET, NBC) as the seventh- and eighth-place teams in the Western Conference.. As if they needed anther reason to make the battle heated.. These two long-time rivals will renew acquaintances and fight for postseason positioning at Joe Louis Arena in their fifth and final meeting of the year — and, if the previous four matchups have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected.. It will also be the last time the two teams will meet as division rivals thanks to realignment – at least in the regular season.. The Blues won the opening meeting of the season in dominant fashion, bombing the Wings 6-0.. In Game No.. 2, Detroit gained a measure of revenge by winning 5-3 on the strength of a Henrik Zetterberg hat-trick.. The third game saw the Wings make full amends for the 6-0 blowout, as they crushed the Blues 5-1.. And, in the most recent game (Feb.. 13), the Blues beat the Wings 4-3 in overtime, rallying from an early 2-0 deficit to win it on Alex Steen ‘s OT winner.. As for current form, Detroit comes into Sunday’s game on a roll, having won two of their last three.. That includes Friday’s wild 3-2 overtime win over Colorado, in which Pavel Datsyuk scored the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining — giving the Wings a win despite being out-shot 35-31. source: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/07/nhl-on-nbc-blues-red-wings-renew-central-division-rivalry/

Winter Classic do-over: Toronto Maple Leafs to battle Red Wings in 2014 game

The Toronto Maple Leafs will get a chance to play the Detroit Red Wings in the outdoor game at Michigan Stadium on Jan.. 1, 2014, a year after it was originally scheduled.. The Ann Arbor, Mich., stadium — nicknamed “The Big House” — holds just over 107,000 fans, so it’s anticipated the game will mark a world record for hockey attendance.. “The history of the teams’ cross-border rivalry, the nobility of The Big House and the growing tradition of the NHL Winter Classic will raise the anticipation for this event to new heights,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said at a press conference at Joe Louis Arena.. The Leafs and Wings had been scheduled to play the 2013 edition, but it was cancelled due to the NHL lockout.. The teams will be division rivals for the 2014 game after NHL realignment for 2013-14 sent Detroit back to the Eastern Conference.. The Leafs and Red Wings have a long rivalry.. Detroit (275-273-93-3) has captured 646 points against Toronto all-time during the regular season, holding a slim advantage over Toronto’s 645 (276-275-93-0) against Detroit.. The 117 playoff games between the franchises is the second most in NHL history behind Boston versus Montreal (170).. Bettman also announced the series HBO “24/7” will return, profiling the Leafs and Red Wings. source: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/Winter+Classic+over+Toronto+Maple+Leafs+battle+Wings+2014+game/8207841/story.html

 

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