BUFFALO, NY - DECEMBER 4: Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings drives to the net during a NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center on December 2, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Darren Helm Hits Ice With Red Wings For First Time Since Injury

Darren Helm returned to the ice this week to practice with his Red Wings teammates.

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Darren Helm Injury: Red Wings Forward On Schedule For Training Camp Return

The recovery process continues for injured Detroit Red Wings player Darren Helm, but the 25-year-old center still remains on schedule to join his team at the start of training camp on September 22.

Helm left the ice in visible pain just six minutes into Detroit's opening round game with Nashville after being slashed on his forearm by the blade of an opponents skate. He had surgery to repair what turned out to be torn tendons from the freak injury later that evening, and after nearly two months, finally had his splint removed on Wednesday.

"Wednesday was really the first day outside of the cast, so doctors took a look at it and said it's ahead of schedule," Helm told reporters at Nicklas Lidstrom's retirement ceremony. "I should be working out hard in a couple of months and get back and ready for camp.''

Though he has only tallied 32 goals over the last three seasons with Detroit, Helm remains a vital part of the Red Wings' future as a versatile scorer in both power play and penalty kill situations. The Winnipeg native was 15th on the team in minutes per contest this past year at just 14:31 per game, but figures to see much more ice time in the future assuming he makes a full recovery.

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Darren Helm Injury: Red Wings Center To Miss Remainder Of NHL Playoffs

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that center Darren Helm had successful surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his right forearm, following a nasty cut from a skate in the first period against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday. Helm was cut was cut badly in a collision and immediate skated quickly to the bench, tossing off his glove, and did not return to the game, which ended in a 3-2 loss for Detroit.

You can see how it happened here, courtesy of Travis Hughes of SB Nation.

Helm is expected to make a full recovery, but the team also announced that he would be out for the remainder of the playoffs, regardless of how far the team happens to make it. The injury is worse for Helm as it was his first game back since suffering an MCL sprain against the San Jose Sharks in the regular season that made him miss a handful of games. He was only on the ice for 3:08 against the Predators on Wednesday night.

It's going to hurt the Red Wings, who are now behind in the series and without the solid depth that Helm provided. Still, they've got back to being healthy in most areas, which is a relief given how injury plagued they were over the second half of the regular season.

For more on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. You can check out more hockey news from around the league at SB Nation's NHL page.

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