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Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm has been medically cleared to play and could suit up against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Helm has missed the past eight games with a concussion and 40 games this season because of injuries.

"I'm excited to get back in. I want to get back out there and get going with the team," Helm told the Red Wings website after Detroit skated Friday. "A bunch of good skates, cleared by the doctor, did my concussion test, did well on that, and I feel good and ready to go."

Friday was the fifth straight day Helm skated without feeling any concussion symptoms. Helm knocked his head on the ice in a 6-1 road win against the Ottawa Senators on Feb. 27. He played the next game, March 4 against the New Jersey Devils, but left early after complaining of blurred vision.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock would not commit to putting Helm in the lineup Saturday. The Red Wings also play Sunday at home against the Wild.

"We'll see after tomorrow's warmup if he's going or not," Babcock said.

Since playing all 82 games in the 2011-11 season and establishing career highs with 12 goals, 20 assists, 32 points and a plus-9 rating, Helm has missed 101 regular-season games with an MCL sprain, a lacerated forearm, a herniated disc, a sore groin, and a sprained shoulder.

Detroit is in a tight race for a Eastern Conference wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Red Wings recently have been without injured forwards Tomas Jurco (rib), Joakim Andersson (foot), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Daniel Cleary (knee), Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder) and Justin Abdelkader (leg).

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