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Helm hopes to be on ice soon

TRAVERSE CITY — Darren Helm still has no time frame on when he’ll return to the ice from his recent groin setback, but hopes he can get in the lineup before the preseason games are over.

“My groin’s feeling a lot better, range of motion’s pretty much as good as it can be,” Helm said. “(I) still feel it on a couple of things.”

Helm hasn’t skated since Sept. 6.

“I don’t think I’ll be out for the whole exhibition,” Helm said. “I’m hoping a few more days. I have to get back on the ice and see how the groin is, see how my back still is. I’m waiting to see.”

Helm is still limited in his weight training and has yet to be cleared for contact due to his ailing back. He’ll more than likely start the regular season on injured reserve.


Helm suffers another setback in his bid to return to Wings, this time it’s a tender groin

DETROIT – The chances of Darren Helm being healthy enough to start training camp in Traverse City appear to be quite slim after he suffered another setback on the ice.

Helm didn’t take part in the Wings’ informal skate at Joe Louis Arena Monday morning after suffering a groin injury on Friday.

“I came off and I wasn’t too happy,” Helm said. “It wasn’t my back so I wasn’t too upset. I don’t think this is going to keep me off the ice that long.”

Helm said that an ultrasound was performed on Saturday and a slight groin strain was detected.

“They didn’t say it was a bad one,” Helm said. “It’s day to day and we’ll see how I feel. (My) target date is when I feel better. As of right now I would not be able to skate or play.”

The Wings are scheduled to leave for Traverse City on Tuesday and have physicals performed Wednesday before the first day of training camp begins Thursday.

“I don’t know what the plan is,” Helm said. “The plan is to see how I feel Thursday.

“It’s not the way I wanted to start camp,” Helm continued. “I’ve been working pretty hard to get back and be able to participate in camp. Now if it’s not the back it’s another thing. I’ve just got to get healthy and see what I can do.”

Helm had just begun ramping up his workouts on and off the ice since returning from having a slightly torn disc in his back that never required surgery.

He played just one game last season.

“It is almost kind of comical the way these things keep happening,” said Helm, who had been skating in Detroit for nearly a month.

Helm had back issues began before training camp began last season.

“My back is going to be fine,” Helm said. “I did enjoy working out, that’s when my back has felt better when I was doing more. I’ve got to do a little less right now, but I don’t think it’s going to affect my back.

“This summer, the last two or three months, I feel like I’ve made really good progress with my back,” Helm continued. “It’s kind of upsetting that my groin had to have a little effect here. I just need to move forward. There’s nothing I can do about it.”

Helm has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

He was hit by a puck on Nov. 2 during an informal skate in Troy, breaking an orbital bone.

On March 17, he missed the final 10 regular-season games with a sprained MCL. Then, in his first game back, the playoff opener against Nashville, he had tendons in his forearm sliced by a skate.

Other injury news … Franzen should play Wednesday; Smith and Colaiacovo expected back next Sunday at the latest

DETROIT — Wings general manager Ken Holland said they’re shooting for forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor) to return to the lineup Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Kings, unless he re-injuries it in practice Tuesday.

Defensemen Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo, both out with shoulder injuries, are expected to return by next Sunday at the latest, or possibly in one of these two games on the West Coast.

Forward Mikael Samuelsson is still out between 2-4 weeks with a broken finger.

“It’s a 4-5 week injury,” Holland said. “We’ll see after two weeks if he can play with a splint.”

Forwards Darren Helm and Todd Bertuzzi, both sidelined with back injuries, are progressing.

Helm is scheduled to see a specialist in New York on Monday.

“(Helm) is progressing but not nearly as fast as we had hoped,” Holland said. “The specialist deals with muscles and ligaments. We just need to start ruling out this or that. We think it’s a ligament strain or sprain, but it’s not healing as fast as we had hoped.

“Bert had a good week and he’s happy with how his back has felt,” Holland added. “I saw him Thursday and he was feeling significantly better.”

Bertuzzi leaves early with groin injury

DETROIT — Todd Bertuzzi left Thursday night’s practice at Joe Louis Arena early with a groin injury.

He felt tightness midway through practice.

Wings coach Mike Babcock didn’t know the extent of the injury.

“I thought it was a heck of a week,” Babcock said. “I expected more (groin injuries).”

Defenseman Jakub Kindl in either practice due to a sore groin and is listed as day-to-day.

Mikael Samuelsson just returned from a groin strain after misses a couple of practices and the Red and White scrimmage.