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Darren Helm is all healed up, has gruesome scar to match


Darren Helm saw his season ended last year thanks to a deep cut in his wrist courtesy of a skate blade. Now he’s back in Detroit and has a gruesome reminder of how close he came to suffering an even worse injury.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press hears from Helm and finds him ready to play.

“It feels good,” Helm said of his arm. “It feels good on the ice, shooting, passing. Everything feels fine. I don’t have any pain or trouble with it. Doctors have told me it’s on track, and we kind of got past that troubled stage a long time ago.”

After signing a four-year extension over the summer, Helm comes into Wings camp looking to continue improving his game. With new-old teammate Mikael Samuelsson and totally new winger Jordin Tootoo, Helm will have his hands full whenever hockey season is set to begin.

For now, he’ll hope his newly healed arm can handle the rigors of hockey once again.

(Photo courtesy Helene St. James on Twitter)

Quick on save percentage: ‘Those numbers don’t mean nothing’

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With a quote that’s sure to raise the ire of the stats crowd, here’s Jonathan Quick on his .833 save percentage to start the season:

“That’s for people that don’t know the game. Those numbers don’t mean nothing. We’re 0-2, though. That number means something, so that’s something that we’ve got to get better at.”

(That quote, per LA Kings Insider.)

Quick allowed four goals on 22 shots in his last outing, a 4-1 loss to Arizona on Friday, after which head coach Darryl Sutter said of his star goalie: “He didn’t play very well tonight, did he?”

So even if Quick doesn’t think much of statistics, he should still be extra motivated for tonight’s home game against Vancouver, assuming he gets the start.

Last season, Quick’s .918 save percentage ranked in a three-way tie for 14th out of the 29 goalies who started 40 or more games.

Wild lose Graovac (groin) for 2-3 weeks

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After making the Wild out of training camp, Tyler Graovac got some bad news on Tuesday — head coach Mike Yeo said Graovac would miss the next 2-3 weeks with a groin strain.

Graovac, 22, played just under 14 minutes in Minnesota’s crazy 5-4 comeback win over Colorado in the season-opener, but sat out Saturday’s win over St. Louis.

At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, Graovac was a notable physical presence in the Wild lineup, and is an intriguing prospect — he impressed with AHL Iowa last year, scoring 21 goals and 46 points in 73 games.