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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89