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Darren Helm Returns

01/02/2019 at 12:43pm EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings expect to be faster and harder on the forecheck tonight when Darren Helm returns to the lineup against the Calgary Flames at Little Caesars Arena (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

Helm has missed 21 games due to a separated shoulder suffered Nov. 17 at New Jersey.

“Darren gives us a lot of puck-race and puck-battle wins,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “The game lots of times boils down to who wins those puck races and puck battles and he does an excellent job of that, provides you with lots of speed. We’re a faster team with him in the lineup.

“He’s a good penalty-kill guy, good net-front presence guy. It’s great to have him back. We’ll ease him into it.”

Helm will start on a line with Luke Glendening and Andreas Athanasiou. Playing with two other fast skaters will help ease his transition.

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Below, watch Evgeny Svechnikov giving a health update.

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