Wings' Helm to have MRI: 'Out for a little bit'

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News
Detroit center Darren Helm flies over the top of Tampa Bay defenseman Nikita Nesterov after a collision in the third period. Abdelkader left the game due to an injury from the play.

Detroit – Now it’s a just matter of how long the Red Wings will be without Darren Helm.

General manager Ken Holland said Wednesday Helm will have an MRI for an upper body injury suffered late in Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Tampa.

Helm was upended by Tampa defenseman Nikita Nesterov in the third period, with Helm falling squarely on his left shoulder.

Helm immediately clutched his arm – he could have injured his shoulder or wrist - and skated directly to the end of the bench and raced down the hallway to the locker room.

Coach Jeff Blashill said the team would know more Wednesday, but Helm would be “out for a little bit,” said Blashill,, not sounding optimistic.

In 17 games this season Helm has seven points (four goals, three assists) with a team-best plus-6 rating while averaging over 15 minutes of ice time.

The Red Wings will call up a forward from Grand Rapids, possibly after the Griffins’ game this evening.

Tyler Bertuzzi, who was just sent back down to the Griffins earlier this week, could be a candidate to be promoted.

The Red Wings will get Thomas Vanek (hip strain) back off the injured list in time for Sunday’s game against Calgary.

Andreas Athanasiou (knee) is out for another week or two.