DETROIT — With the playoff just over three weeks away, the Wings will be without Darren Helm for the next 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprained on his left knee.
No surgery will be required.
“We just have to wait for it to heal,” Wings GM Ken Holland said. “It’s just a sprain. You just have to wait for it to heal.
“Helmer’s a big part of the team, but an opportunity for others,” Holland added. “I’m assuming Abby will go into that 3 hole. He’s been a good player for us. The playoffs are three and a half weeks away. I’m hoping Helm’s a fast healer and he’ll be ready sometime around the start of the playoffs. That’s certainly the hope but you won’t know until you let some time go by. But certainly we’re hoping sometime during the first round of the playoffs we’ll get Helmer back, but in the meantime it’s an opportunity for Nyquist to play and opportunity for Abby to have a bigger role.”
Helm suffered a left knee or leg injury late in the third period of Saturday’s overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks in a collision with Dominic Moore.
“I’m a little bit concerned,” Helm said after the game. “More than I want to be right now. It’s pretty close to the end of the season. I was hoping I’d be healthy and playing my best going into the playoffs. That obviously is not going to be the case.
“Hopefully, I’ll be healthy and ready to play the first game of the playoffs,” Helm continued. “Hopefully I’ll be ready before that. I don’t know how long it’s going to take. We’ll find out on Monday.”
Helm tried to skate during a break, but went right to the dressing room.
“As soon as I jumped on I knew right away I couldn’t go,” Helm said. “I’ve had similar injuries, but this is more painful than other times.
“I was going to hit Moore, but I kind of didn’t take the best angle on him,” Helm added. “He kind of jumped out of the way a little bit, trying to avoid the hit and we just kind of collided. I was trying to hit him pretty good and he got out of the way. It was just one of those funky collisions. I was in pain right away.”