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Notebook: Helm makes impact in return

Wednesday, 11.26.2008 / 10:27 PM ET / News
By Lindsey Ungar  - DetroitRedWings.com Special Writer
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Notebook: Helm makes impact in return
DETROIT -- In just his third appearance of the season, Detroit’s Darren Helm stood out amidst a lackluster 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena — just not the way he probably wanted to.

Helm was guilty of a giveaway deep in the Wings zone right onto the stick of Montreal’s Alex Kovalev. Two quick passes later, Tomas Plekanec put the Has up 2-0 on the power play.

Helm centered a line between Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula. The trio had some of the best scoring chances of the night, and drew a penalty midway through the second when Roman Hamrlik hooked Hudler, who was working behind the net.

Helm played more than 14 ½ minutes with an even plus-minus rating. He seemed to infuse energy into a lineup that lagged coming off a three-game trip through western Canada.

Helm, 21, was recalled from Grand Rapids Wednesday morning, replacing Darren McCarty in the Wings’ lineup. Helm was the Griffins’ second-leading scorer with 18 points in 16 games.

McCarty was assigned to the Griffins.

SHOOTING BLANKS: Johan Franzen finally broke Carey Price’s shutout bid with 6:29 remaining in the third. Franzen danced around Habs defenseman Ryan O’Byrne, twirling to the ice but still blasted a shot past Price. The last time Detroit was shut out on home ice? Almost a year ago – Dec. 31, a 2-0 loss to St. Louis.

ROWDY CROWD: Joe Louis Arena was a little redder and rowdier than usual thanks to the hundreds of Montreal fans peppered throughout the sellout crowd. A “Go Habs Go!” chant started midway through the first period, only to be drowned out by boos. Wings fans fought back with a “Let’s Go Red Wings!” chant of their own.

GAME NOTES: It was the first time in 10 games that the Red Wings failed to pick up a point, and their first regulation loss in November. … It was also the first time Detroit scored one goal or less this season. … The Wings lost for the first time coming back from a road trip this season (3-1-1).

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
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
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80