Feb 21, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm (43) waits for a face off during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Darren Helm Doesn't Need Surgery But Won't Return To Red Wings Before Next Week

The Detroit Red Wings are searching for something to get them going after a slow start to the (shortened) year. Darren Helm could be that type of spark-plug player, but he’s only been able to participate in one of Detroit’s five games so far.

The back injury that he suffered just before the start of training camp will force him to miss the rest of this week’s games, but the Red Wings expect him to return next week. According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Helm underwent an MRI on Monday (the second one he’s had for this injury), but general manager Ken Holland announced that nothing was found that would cause concern.

“There’s no structural damage,” Holland said. “It’s just a re-aggravation of an old injury. There’s a little inflammation, so he’s going to get an anti-inflammatory and take a few days off.”

It’s a blow that he has to miss more time, but he likely would have had to go under the knife if a structural problem had been unearthed. No surgery mean he can get back on the ice — and back to relative full strength — sooner rather than later.

Helm’s return isn’t going to fix all the Red Wings’ problems — not by a long shot — but they may need their full compliment of players available for much of the season if they hope to even make the playoffs this year.

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