The Malik Report
by George Malik on 04/09/12 at 04:22 PM ET
George improving but Paul still here…
Babcock says Helm looks good, Helm says not there yet…
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Everyone, right down to Darren Helm, was on the ice. Helm wore a grey “no touching” jersey, because he’s only just begun his comeback from a sprained MCL. But—but, but, but—he probably won’t be in grey for much longer. He didn’t take part in drills until the end, but he looked fast and nimble, and at least his coach thinks maybe Helm can be back for Game 1.
“Sure looked like he was ready to me,” Babcock said.
In fairness, Babcock tends to think players are ready if they’re upright. Helm sounded more cautious about Game 1 and more confident about being available for Friday’s Game 2.
“It’s still bugging me a little bit, the quickness, taking quick strides,” he said. “I didn’t really push it too hard, physically. No battle drills. So don’t really know where it’s at, there. But it definitely felt a lot better than the first day I skated.”
added 2:38pm, Watch Mike Babcock below as he meets the media post-practice…
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