DETROIT – Darren Helm’s return to the Wings’ lineup has been going at quite a clip.
But now he’s back in a holding pattern.
Helm suffered a shoulder injury in Detroit’s 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers and will miss the next two games according to general manager Ken Holland.
An MRI showed fluid which means it’s either a sprain or strain according to Holland.
Helm will be re-evaluated Monday.
In just 15 games this season, Helm has seven goals and three assists.
Helm returned to the lineup on Nov. 2 after playing in just two games over the last 19 months, playing nearly 10 minutes.
He had missed 89 of the Wings’ last 91 games, last playing on Jan. 25.
To begin the season, Helm was sidelined with a back problem and then his groin became an issue.
The Wings will get Todd Bertuzzi back for Friday’s game at New Jersey, after missing the last six with an upper-body injury.
Bertuzzi practiced on a line with Johan Franzen and Gustav Nyquist Thursday.
“I’m not totally certain what I’m going to do with the lineup,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Obviously we got three centermen that are not available suddenly so that changes the dynamic of your team a little bit so we’ll figure it out. We’ve just got to get a lineup set so we can go in and find a way to win a game.”
Pavel Datsyuk (concussion) and Henrik Zetterberg (herniated disc) are also sidelined.
Datsyuk, who’ll miss his sixth straight game Friday, had his best practice since suffering a concussion on Nov. 23 after taking an elbow to his jaw from Ottawa defenseman Jared Cowen.
Holland said that Datsyuk would need a good week of practice before he could play.
“I haven’t talked to Pav since he skated, he skated in practice with us today there obviously that’s a good sign,” Babcock said. “I can see just by him dripping sweat there that obviously he worked here today so we’ll see when he’s ready.”