Report: Detroit loses Helm for remainder of playoffs

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According to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, Darren Helm’s postseason is over.

That’s the report after Helm underwent surgery yesterday following his arm getting cut by Alexander Radulov’s skate in Nashville’s 3-2 series-opening win over Detroit.

“Helm playoff run is over,” Kypreos tweeted. “It’s believed tendon damage that required surgery went well.”

Kypreos’ report confirms what the Detroit Free Press suggested yesterday:

Losing Helm for the series – and almost certainly for the duration of the playoffs – is a blow to the Wings’ third line, by domino effect their fourth line, and to the penalty kill. The Wings were also counting on Helm to be a big hitter especially against Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, helping to wear them down during the series.

Helm had only just come back to play in Game 1 after being out since March 17, when he suffered a sprained MCL.

“I feel bad for him,” Brad Stuart said. “He’s worked hard to get back. I don’t know what the severity of his injury is, but you’ve got to feel bad for the kid, he worked hard to get back and only lasted a couple of shifts. It’s going to be a big loss for us, but we’ve got somebody else to step up for us.”

Helm, 25, figured to be a key figure for Detroit this postseason. He’s played in 65 career playoff games and won a Cup with Detroit in his rookie year of 2007-08.