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Helm progressing from his latest injury … a concussion

DETROIT >> Darren Helm took a baby step Friday in his hopes of returning to the Detroit Red Wings lineup from a concussion.

Helm participated in the team’s morning skate at Joe Louis Arena prior to the game against the Edmonton Oilers.

“I didn’t really get the heart beating too hard, still good to be out there in different elements,” Helm said afterwards. “I haven’t had any bad headaches or long-lasting ones. Every once in a while I get a slight headache or slight pressure up there but nothing where it’s been a huge concern to keep me off the ice or keep me from moving forward.”

Helm was diagnosed with a concussion by the same specialist the saw Patrick Eaves and Johan Franzen.

“I’ve been keeping close contact with him about my progress each day,” Helm said. “He says things are going well. Hopefully (Friday) will be another positive and I won’t feel anything tonight and we can keep pushing forward.”

Helm practiced on his own Thursday and needs to check with the doctors before taking part in a full practice.

Helm was injured in Ottawa on Feb. 27 when he hit his head hard on the ice. Later in the game he was grazed in the chin which also could have triggered it.

In the Wings’ next game his vision became blurry.

“That’s why we kind of stopped and re-evaluated,” Helm said. “I don’t know if I’ll know exactly how good that is until I start amping up my workouts and my skating because I did take two practices before (game at New Jersey) and had no issues. When I got to that game situation where I really going, that’s when the vision problems started happening. We just keep moving slowly with this and at some point we’ll test and see if that’s an issue.”

Franzen and Justin Abdelkader have missed time this season due to concussions.

“I’ve got a couple more days to go until we start thinking about getting back in the lineup, but anytime you get back on the ice it’s exciting,” said Helm, who hopes to travel to Chicago with the team. “That would be my goal (to return next week), just from watching other guys with concussions and head injuries, can’t really put a finger on when you think you’ll be back. We thought Mule was going to be back for the Olympics but he kept having complications and couldn’t go. Abby had one this year, he was good to go after a week and a half, so you don’t know how your body is going to react.”

Helm, who missed his fifth straight game Friday, has played in just 29 games this season.

Just this season alone, Helm has been sidelined with injuries to his groin, shoulder and back.

He was a last minute scratch prior to the Winter Classic due to the groin injury.

Helm returned to the lineup on Nov. 2 after playing in just two games over the last 19 months.

To begin the season, Helm was sidelined with a back problem and then his groin became an issue.


Wings place Cory Emmerton on waivers again

DETROIT >> The Wings have placed Cory Emmerton on waivers Saturday.

He has until noon Sunday to clear or be picked up by another team.

If he’s not picked up he’ll head back to Grand Rapids.

It’s the second time this season Emmerton has been placed on waivers.

“You know, everyone knows what’s going on here,” Emmerton said when he was placed on waivers the first time and wound up staying with the team after Patrick Eaves was placed on injured reserve. “There’s too many players, no cap space, so something’s got to give.”

Emmerton injured his right pinky on Jan. 18 in the second period of Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings.

He hasn’t played since the injury.

Emmerton, who’s salary cap hit is $533,333, has no goals and two assists in 11 games this season in Detroit.

“He’s a good penalty kill, he skates good and he’s getting better,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’s still in the growth point of this career. He’s going to be better this year because he’s a lot stronger than he was last year.”

Emmerton, who was taken 41st overall in the 2006 draft, has 12 goals and nine assists in 132 games in parts of three seasons with the Wings.

“I just want to play hockey,” Emmerton said. “That’s the only mindset that I have. I’ve done everything that I could to improve myself, to become a better player and more useful. The rest of it will take care of itself as long as you can do what you can do personally. Stuff has a way of figuring itself out and that’s all you can hope for.”

Eaves nets game winner in shootout over Capitals as Wings get important extra point

DETROIT >> Patrick Eaves is knew where he wanted to shoot the puck and he placed it right there.
Eaves scored the only goal in the shootout, which went seven rounds, to lead the Detroit Red Wings over the Washington Capitals, 4-3, Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

“I know I can shoot it,” Eaves said. “You just have to go in with confidence and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m facing a lot of good goalies and sometimes it goes in. You just have to put it right where you want it.”

Eaves has now scored twice in his last three shootout attempts.

Jimmy Howard turned aside all seven shooters he faced, while Michael Neuvirth was only beaten by Eaves.

“I was watching the guys that went before me,” Eaves said. “I got to see it from a vantage point of going in on him right away. He was so patient with the other guys. He didn’t come out very far, but was so patient. I just wanted to get a good quick shot off on him.”

Drew Miller, Danny DeKeyser and Gustav Nyquist scored in regulation, while Howard finished with 26 saves.

Jason Chimera, Casey Wellman and Alex Ovechkin scored for Washington. Neuvirth stopped 42 shots.

Friday was the 3,000 home game in Wings’ history.

“I don’t know what option he was tonight, eight or nine,” Wings coach Mike Babcock grinned afterwards. “Seven? So we got to him. Good for Patty, gives you confidence. You always like to help the team no matter what role you’re in. He’s played well.”

Eaves was waved earlier in the season.

The win propels Detroit into the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference for the time being.

“We needed a win and we found a way to get it,” Babcock said. “We would have liked to have gotten the two points in regulation so that would have gotten none. We just missed the lane there in the end and Ovechkin is a dangerous guy as we all know.

“I thought our team played real well from start to finish,” Babcock added. “We had some real good opportunities that we didn’t bury. We’ll have to focus on that at practice, but I thought we played a good game.”

The Wings had a 2-1 lead into the third period, but Wellman tied the game for the Capitals before the midway point. Howard made two straight saves on Wellman before the forward whacked home his second goal of the season.

Nyquist gave the Wings the lead right back with his fifth goal in six games.

John Erskine lost his balance at the Wings’ blue line and Nyquist was off to the races with Justin Abdelkader. Using his linemate as a screen, Nyquist slipped a wrist shot past Neuvirth.

But with the Neuvirth pulled and seven seconds left, Ovechkin blasted a shot past a screened Howard to tie the game.

“We did a lot of great things,” Eaves said. “Howie was a rock star. We needed to get those two points for him and ourselves. Any points here are huge for us. We have to make a push towards the Olympic break and hopefully start hot out of it.”

Miller tied the game early in the second period, potting his 50th career goal.

The play started when Neuvirth was able to get to a loose puck on a near breakaway by Miller. Unable to fully scramble back in position, Luke Glendening put a back hand on goal that was blocked partially by the Caps goalie, but Miller was able to chop in the bouncing puck in the open net.

DeKeyser then gave the Wings the lead before the end of the second period.

Riley Sheahan won the draw and moved the puck back to the blue line where DeKeyser ripped a slap shot that Neuvirth never saw.

Chimera opened the scoring with less than five minutes to play in the first period on the power play.

The Caps were very patient with the man advantage as Nicklas Backstrom lagged the puck along the half wall before he zipped a pass through the legs of Nicklas Kronwall and right onto the stick of Chimera for the easy tap in.

Detroit’s 22 shots in the period was a season high, breaking the old mark of 18 set in the third period of a 4-3 win on Nov. 18 against Carolina.

“You look at the standings and every point is going to matter and it’s going to be a battle all the way to the end here so it’s great to get that extra point at home and hopefully we can get a few more wins here before the Olympic break,” Nyquist said. “It was a tough (goal) to give up that late, seven seconds left, and then we really battled all game I thought but we’ve had a tough time in the shootout scoring, just one goal today it was great to see Patty’s shot go in and then Howie came up huge for us and didn’t let up a goal so it was great to get that shootout win.”

Eaves dislocates his jaw in Winter Classic, never tested for concussion-like symptoms

DETROIT — Patrick Eaves suffered a dislocated jaw on the crosscheck he took from Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul in the first period Wednesday, but the best news is that he wasn’t treated for concussion-like symptoms.

“No testing for (a concussion),” Eaves said. “I felt good the whole time. It was just my (right) jaw. It didn’t feel good. A little scary there, but I’m ready to go now. It was pretty uncomfortable with my jaw being the way it was, my teeth weren’t lined up.”

Eaves wore protection around his jaw during practice and will do so Saturday in Dallas.

Lupul was assessed a $10,000 fine.

“I don’t really care,” Eaves said when asked if he felt Lupul should be suspended. “It’s not up to me. That’s for the league to decide. It has no impact on our upcoming games, that’s all I’m worried about.

“I wanted to play more in the game because it was a huge game,” Eaves continued. “He made the decision to do what he did. Nothing I could do about it. I didn’t see it coming. I was just trying to get the puck out.”

Injury updates: No further news on Helm or Eaves; team hopes Gustavsson returns Thursday in San Jose

DETROIT — Wings general manager Ken Holland didn’t have an update on either Patrick Eaves or Darren Helm.

“They took pictures (on both of them),” Holland said. “We’ve gotten nothing back. We’ll see how they feel when they come in (Friday).”

Eaves was injured midway through the first period of Wednesday’s Winter Classic on a retaliatory crosscheck to the neck by Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul.

The Wings forward had tests done to determine if he has a concussion and never returned to the game.

Eaves missed more than a year with a concussion after he was hit in the jaw with a puck.

Lupul will have a disciplinary hearing with the league on Friday for his actions.

Lupul has been suspended before, two games, for a head shot on Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman.

Helm took the pre-game skate Wednesday, but was scratched with a sore groin.

It was the 26th game Helm, who had just returned from a left shoulder injury, has missed due to injury this season. He has seven goals and four assists in 16 games.

Various injuries over the last two seasons have sidelined Helm. When he returned to the lineup on Nov. 2 he had played just two games over the last 19 months.

Holland said that Jonas Gustavsson (groin) won’t be available for Saturday’s game in Dallas, but they’re hoping he’ll be ready for Thursday in San Jose.

Winter Classic … This and that

ANN ARBOR — The Wings hope to have Daniel Alfredsson in the lineup. He was a last minute scratch Monday suffering from back spasms. If he can’t, Patrick Eaves will take his spot in the lineup. Mikael Samuelsson will be a healthy scratch.

— Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) said he’s day-to-day and won’t dress as the backup.

— Johan Franzen is still a ‘ways away’ according to general manager Ken Holland. “He’s getting better every day, but until you see him practice with us every day for three of four days. I don’t know that he’s that far away, but he’s away.”

— Goalie Petr Mrazek has decided against wearing his customized snowman pads to backup. Mrazek wasn’t able to take part in Grand Rapids’ outdoor game since he was backing up in Nashville. “That’s how it is,” he said. “I’ve just got to stay positive and keep working hard.”

— The game is a sellout with 105,500 tickets sold according to NHL COO John Collins. That’ll set a world record, breaking the previous mark of 104,173 for The Big Chill at the Big House between Michigan and Michigan State.

Glendening, Eaves on fourth line with Cleary; Weiss may need to see groin specialist

DETROIT – Quick update from the Wings’ morning skate prior to their game tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Joe Louis Arena.

Wings coach Mike Babcock will pair the two newcomers from Grand Rapids, Luke Glendening and Patrick Eaves, on the fourth line with Daniel Cleary.

“We’re just looking for a more consistent push back from our fourth group,” Babcock said. “That’s what we need from them. We think (Joakim) Andersson, (Tomas) Tatar and (Drew) Miller have been fantastic for us. We think we can get more out of that (fourth) group so that’s why we’re giving them a chance.

“They both can penalty kill,” Babcock continued. “Eaves can really shoot the puck. They both have some grit and physicality to them. Glendening is normally a real good faceoff guy and knows how to play. We’ve liked it when he’s been here before.”

Glendening, who’ll be playing in this 10th game with the Wings tonight, has three goals and seven assists in 17 games this season with the Griffins, while Eaves has four goals and two assists in eight games.

“I’m excited to be here,” Glendening said. “Every time I get up here it’s just another opportunity for me to show I can be here.

Eaves was a numbers casualty at the start of the season, playing just three games in Detroit before being sent to Grand Rapids.

“It’s good to be back,” Eaves said. “I’ve had a really good time in Grand Rapids. There’s an excellent team down there, very well coached and it was a great atmosphere. The guys made it easy on me to come in and kind of join their team.

“(I) just want to play every night,” Eaves continued. “That’s the key, that’s what you want to do and I was able to do that down there. They gave me an opportunity and I tried to run with it the best that I could and, like I said, I was playing with great players so that really helped.”

Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal.

Stephen Weiss is still waiting to hear the results of his MRI, which are supposed to come tonight, but there’s a good chance he’ll need to see a groin specialist according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“There’s a chance we might send him in for another opinion,” Holland said. “We’re going to see tonight what Dr. Plagens thinks, but Piet Van Zant thinks the second opinion might be (the right move).

“You’ve got a guy that’s had groin issues 3-4 weeks ago, came back, felt great, now we got groin issues, we got to be sure,” Holland added. “He’s out for sure until after Christmas. Let’s see what Dr. Plagens reads and let’s see where we go.”

Weiss has been placed on short-term injured reserve.