DETROIT – Darren Helm has suffered another setback in his hopes of returning to the Wings’ lineup and again it’s a groin that’s acting up.
“He felt it Friday in Grand Rapids and played Saturday,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He told me Sunday it won’t be an issue. It bothered him in practice Monday and he felt it again today, so the trainers told him to get off the ice.”
Helm had to leave practice early Tuesday because of it.
Helm will have an MRI later this afternoon to see if there’s a tear.
It’s not the same groin that gave him issues last month.
“It’s precautionary,” Holland said. “It appears he won’t be ready to go Saturday. If he can’t practice he can’t play Saturday. We believe it’s just a nagging groin injury.”
Helm, who played back-to-back nights with the Griffins, has played just one game over the last 18 months with the Wings.
“He’s had a tough go the last 18 months,” Holland said. “We need to make sure it’s nagging and not a tear.”