Helm out at least six weeks with dislocated shoulder

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Earlier today, we passed along word that Detroit forward Darren Helm underwent an MRI for an upper-body injury today, and that the Wings weren’t optimistic about how it’d turn out.

Turns out that lack of optimism was well founded.

Helm will be out at least the next six weeks with a separated shoulder, the club announced. The injury occurred during last night’s 4-3 loss to the Lightning, and will sideline him through the end of December.

Looking at Detroit’s schedule, Helm missing the next 20 games is a safe estimate.

It’s a big blow for the Red Wings. The club is already without the services of Thomas Vanek and Andreas Athanasiou — the latter is still two weeks away, head coach Jeff Blashill said today — and Helm brings several things to the table.

A speed guy that can play down the middle or on the wing, he had seven points through 11 games this season, sitting tied for second on the team in goals. Helm also averages over 15 minutes a night, and is employed by Blashill in a number of different situations.