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Helm in Wings' Game 5 lineup

Rookie to center fourth line between Drake and McCarty

Friday, 04.18.2008 / 1:36 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Helm in Wings\' Game 5 lineup
DETROIT – The Red Wings will shuffle the forward lines a bit for tonight’s Game 5 against Nashville at Joe Louis Arena.
   
Rookie forward Darren Helm will replace Mark Hartigan, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said following the team’s morning skate.

“He’s fast,” Babcock said of the rookie. “We had lots of good territorial play last game; we just felt a little more speed in, and he can really skate.”

Helm played in seven games for the Red Wings this season, all in March and April. Against Columbus on April 6, Helm played 21 shifts, logging 15:14 of ice time and finished a plus-1.

“There’s two ways to look at it, you can say he’s a kid and whoa, it’s a huge game in the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Babcock said.  “And yet he’s played in the (Canadian Hockey League) Memorial Cup, he’s played at the World Juniors, and we thought, not me I never saw him, Ken Holland and Jim Nill and (Grand Rapids Griffins coach) Mike Stothers, thought he was a high, high-end by the end by the end of the American Hockey League and so we played him the last couple games of the year and thought he was good.”

Hartigan, who was a member of Anaheim's Stanley Cup team last spring, has one assist in four playoff games this month with the Red Wings.

Though the Stanley Cup playoffs will be uncharted territory for Helm, he has shown success in the highest stages of junior hockey. He led the Medicine Hat Tigers to a Western Hockey League playoff championship and a second-place finish in the Memorial Cup during the 2006-07 season, scoring the lone goal for the Tigers in the cup final. In his three seasons at Medicine Hat, Helm recorded 76 goals and 52 assists for 167 points in 201 games, and piled up 119 penalty minutes.

The St. Andrews, Manitoba native also represented his country in the 2007 World Juniors championship, scoring two goals in six games en route to a fourth-straight Team Canada gold medal.

“I’m definitely going to be pretty nervous, and pretty excited too, my first playoff game here,” the 21-year-old Helm said. “It’s a big game so I’m going to be preparing pretty hard this afternoon and hopefully be ready to play tonight.”
 
Helm said the seven Red Wings games he played in this season should help him feel more comfortable for tonight’s game.

“I think it helps out, the games I played take the nerves out of me,” he said. “It’s a lot more comfortable being around the guys being in the dressing room, just being on the ice in practice. I know what I kind of have to do, and now I can go and do it.”

The rookie center will be surrounded by veterans for his first NHL playoff game. Helm said that he will be skating between Dallas Drake and Darren McCarty, who have played in a combined 233 postseason games.

“I think I’ve got a lot of speed, I can use that to my advantage,” Helm said. “Get the pucks in deep and play in their zone as much as I can, grind it out and play hard in their zone.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80