ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Detroit Red Wings forward Daniel Alfredsson is playing in the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Wednesday, but center Darren Helm is not. Gustav Nyquist is playing in Helm's spot.
Alfredsson's status for the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs was in question because of back spasms that prevented him from playing Monday against the Nashville Predators.
Helm was a late scratch after skating in warm-ups. He reportedly has a sore groin and is day to day.
Alfredsson has 29 points on 10 goals and 19 assists in 35 games this season. Helm has 11 points in 16 games.