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Helm makes return to Wings' roster

Abdelkader returned to Griffins; Zetterberg hopes to return vs. Coyotes

Tuesday, 02.3.2009 / 10:01 AM ET / News
By Bill Roose  - DetroitRedWings.com
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Helm makes return to Wings\' roster
DETROIT – The Red Wings made their third personnel move in six days, calling up 22-year-old center Darren Helm from the team’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

In 37 games with the Griffins, Helm has 11 goals and 20 assists, tying his AHL point production from last season. The solid two-way forward replaces left wing Justin Abdelkader, who was returned to Grand Rapids.

Abdelkader, who was called-up last Friday, played in two games for the Wings, averaging nine-minutes of ice-time with two shots and three hits. He was also 4-for-7 on face-offs.

A fifth-round draft pick in 2005, Helm makes his third trip to Detroit this season. He played in two games (Oct. 16-18) and again on Thanksgiving eve vs. Montreal. In those games, the speedy forward was pointless while averaging 14 shifts and 10-minutes of ice-time.

Helm played in seven regular-season games a year ago. But his biggest contribution came during the playoffs when he played in 18 games and finished with two goals, two assists and a plus-two rating.

Recent injuries to forwards Henrik Zetterberg (back) and Tomas Holmstrom (groin) has made it necessary for the Red Wings to shuffle the roster. Zetterberg has sat out the last three games, while Holmstrom has missed the last two. Both veterans are listed as day-to-day.

Zetterberg, who hasn't played since the team announced that they signed the Swede to a new 12-year contract, hopes to return to the line-up in time for Wednesday's home game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

Helm is the fourth played called up from Grand Rapids in the last week. Forwards Aaron Downey and Ville Leino were called up on Jan. 29. The following day, Downey was returned to the Griffins and Abdelkader was brought up and made his season-debut at Washington last Saturday.

The biggest impact has been made by Leino, a 25-year-old Finnish rookie, who scored his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in his first NHL game against the Capitals. He registered his first NHL assist, and was a plus-2 in the Wings’ 4-3 shootout win over St. Louis on Monday.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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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