Darren Helm progressing; could return to lineup Tuesday or Friday

DETROIT >> Darren Helm dropped the gray jersey, reserved for injured or healthy scratch players, and skated with the fourth line at practice Monday.

“Just got to talk to doc, voice a few concerns and see what everyone thinks and then make a decision after that,” Helm said. “There’s a benefit (to waiting till Friday), but there’s also a benefit of me getting in there and getting into game mode quicker than possible. So we’ve just got to weigh the pros and cons and see what’s the best choice for myself and the team and move on from there.”

Helm, who is still on injured reserve, has been out since the first day of training camp when he suffered a concussion and slightly separated shoulder in a collision with prospect Jerome Verrier.

“Playing a little bit slower and not as quick mentally as I usually like to be at this part of the season, but that’s part of getting injured early,” Helm said. “I really haven’t been too concerned with anything that’s been bugging me. There are a few things to worry about that I will discuss with the doc and move on from there.”

If Helm is activated Tuesday the Wings will need to clear a roster spot, which could be done by sending defenseman Alexey Marchenko to Grand Rapids.

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