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Tweets from practice: Frk has a lower-body injury; Helm ‘questionable’ for Wednesday

Updated 2x at 12:29 PM: Frk has a lower-body injury and Darren Helm is "questionable" for Wednesday:

The Red Wings hit the ice at Little Caesars Arena this morning, preparing for tomorrow night's game against the Calgary Flames, per DetroitRedWings.com's Dana Wakiji...

With #RedWings Frk leaving practice early, Nielsen is working on PP unit with Larkin, Athanasiou, Mantha and Green.


#RedWings lines w:o Helm, Frk:

The Free Press's Helene St. James...

Still no Helm at Wings practice today but am told he’s playing Wednesday.

And the Red Wings...

The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan said, "Hello"...

Daley back at practice today...no Helm, though, or Frk.

Meanwhile, in the AHL:

Update: FYI:

Update #2: From St. James...

Blashill says no Frk (lower body) Wednesday, could be a week


Update #3: From Wakiji...

#RedWings Blashill said Frk out tomorrow, Helm questionable.

And Kulfan:

No Helm or Frk tomorrow

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That’s a funny looking 4th line

Posted by VPalmer on 11/14/17 at 12:36 PM ET

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Post updated. Frk out, Helm iffy for tomorrow.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 11/14/17 at 12:43 PM ET


Dekeyser skating as 4th line forward. I don’t know what’s funnier:

1) Kenny effed up the cap so bad that we don’t even have a full 23-man roster to adapt to injuries to 2 forwards?

2) Dekesyer might actually be an upgrade to the usual 4th line trash we trot out.

Posted by fatsavage on 11/14/17 at 12:51 PM ET

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I want an all-West Michigan line with Abby, Glenny, and Witkowski. Just for the novelty.

Posted by hockeyfreak13 from Grand Rapids on 11/14/17 at 12:53 PM ET

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Forward Martin Frk left Tuesday’s practice minutes after it started. Frk has had a bit of nagging groin pain, and Blashill said “it could be a week.”...

Forward Darren Helm missed a second straight practice and is considered probable for the Calgary game. Blashill said Helm was injured Saturday and that “I’m hoping it’s just a bruise. Pain tolerance kind of thing.”

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press there were no plans to call up anybody from Grand Rapids, as the Wings have David Booth and Luke Witkowski in reserve. Holland said the Wings will only call up somebody if they fall below 20 skaters.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/14/17 at 01:27 PM ET


Holland said the Wings will only call up somebody if they fall below 20 skaters.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/14/17 at 01:27 PM ET

Great philosophy. Should have kept it a secret so all of the other inferior organizations don’t copy our brilliant approach to cap ad roster management. Can’t wait for the day when a guy tweaks a groin in warmups, or starts puking his guts out. Oh well, we’ll just play with 19 guys then. No big deal.


Posted by fatsavage on 11/14/17 at 01:36 PM ET


hah ahah ahaha!

DK on the 4th line. He can’t even “walk a line” how can we expect him to be any kind of an upgrade at forward?

It’s time to resurrect a zombi-fied Danny Cleary.

ahhhhh…...Dahlin. yummmmm…...

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/14/17 at 01:46 PM ET


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/14/17 at 01:27 PM ET

It’s not like 50% of the Wing’s games are a mere 2 hour drive away or like a 30 minute flight on a private jet.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/14/17 at 01:49 PM ET



Cool. Booth is getting to play with some “skilled” players. I bet he returns to his 2008 badass self.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/14/17 at 02:03 PM ET


Whoever drafts Svech this June, can we then immediately fool them into overpaying to acquire his brother from us? Because Evgeny is looking more and more like a bust to me. Quite a number of guys drafted AFTER him are already making an NHL impact, whereas he seems to be struggling to even make an impact in Grand Rapids. His puck skills are great, but his skating was a drawback on draft day, and remains a problem today. I fear we’ve got Jurco 2.0 on our hands. You don’t have the luxury to sit back and be patient with every single prospect in your organization…sometimes you need to make quicker conclusions and make a move now to get fair value.

Posted by fatsavage on 11/14/17 at 02:21 PM ET


Blashill said “it could be a week.”

In DRW language that usually means 2-3 weeks:(

Posted by VPalmer on 11/14/17 at 03:19 PM ET

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Dekeyser playing forward…..Woo Hoo!!...I knew our depth on defense would pay off sometime confused

Posted by Down River Dan on 11/14/17 at 03:29 PM ET


In case anyone was wondering what the scouting pros think of Svech…and his skating….

“Incredibly skilled offensive winger. Has a remarkably accurate shot to go along with some magic hands. Could be better defensively, but his game is based around his acute sense of what is happening on the ice in the offensive zone. All-in-all, a deadly player who possesses good size, elite-level skill, and smooth skating. (Curtis Joe, EP 2014) “

“He skates well for his size but isn’t likely to blow by defenders.”

“He’s a strong skater ...”

The thing I remember about Svech last season with GR was he started slow and then picked up as the season went on. He might just be a slow starter so I wouldn’t be too quick to assess him this season. He’s only played 11 games this season. That’s a pretty small sample size to bust him just yet.

Let’s keep it all in perspective because when looking at the 2015 draft there are numerous guys making an impact in the NHL after Conner McGod.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 11/14/17 at 03:44 PM ET

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DDK on the 4th line is pretty simple. Helm and Frk havent ended up on short term IR yet, thus there isnt roster space for an extra player. They might not even need short term IR. Frk was supposed to practice but left early.

Stop. Think. Breathe in some oxygen, folks. This is not somehow a show a Kenny’s incompetence. Not everything is. Same for Blash. lol

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/14/17 at 06:47 PM ET


The incompetence is not having enough cap space to carry 23 players. Find me another organization that botched the cap this badly. But I guess you have much lower standards than other fans…

Posted by fatsavage on 11/14/17 at 07:26 PM ET

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Going through this again - why wasnt Witkowski on the forwards lines instead of DDK? We have a full roster (23) and all of our d-men skating. Weird.

Posted by ilovehomers on 11/14/17 at 07:41 PM ET

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