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by George Malik on 10/16/13 at 02:05 PM ET
Darren Helm's less than happy to find himself squarely placed in blinding glare of the media spotlight, but it comes with the territory. Helm was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins for 2 "conditioning stint" games yesterday evening (Helm, who will wear #9, will play in Friday night's Calder Cup Championship banner-raising game against Milwaukee and Saturday's game in Rockford) and the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner spoke with Helm after today's Griffins practice:
“I just want to have a solid, smart game and not try and do too much,” Helm said after practice. “I mean, I’ve played four periods in the last 18 months, so it’s going to be a little different for me out there. So I’m a little nervous but I just have to get out there and go.”
Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said the plan is for Helm to play Friday and Saturday – when the Griffins are at Rockford – and then return to practice with the Red Wings.
Coach Jeff Blashill said Helm will be on a line with Riley Sheahan and Landon Ferraro.
Ferraro was assigned to Grand Rapids today after recovering from some sort of leg injury.
Helm was uncertain what to expect this weekend. Asked about limitations, he said: “We’re going to find out when I start hitting and stuff. As far as practices go, that doesn’t match playing in a game … It (getting hit) is going to happen and I don’t know how I’m going to react. We’ll see.”
“I think I’m pretty prepared. I’ve been skating with Detroit since training camp. So my cardio level should be there. I guess just staying healthy (would be a good outcome). I’m just looking forward to being out there.
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