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Red Wings' Helm won't play before season opener

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm will miss the remainder of the preseason with a concussion and slight shoulder separation, coach Jeff Blashill said Tuesday.

Helm, who sustained the injuries during a collision with prospect Jerome Verrier during practice Sept. 18, hopes to start skating by the end of the week. The original prognosis was for Helm to miss 2-4 weeks.

Blashill told MLive.com that Helm needs a couple good practices to be ready for the Oct. 9 season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We’d like to skate him by the end of the week and hopefully get him in position where he can go full next week," Blashill told the Red Wings website. "[Helm] will not get a game before the regular season. He’ll skate at best by the end of the week and then have a good week of practice."

Defenseman Mike Green is day-to-day with a groin injury.

"Put a full practice in today, which was good, feel pretty much 100 percent," Green told the website.

Blashill said Green is likely to miss the preseason game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and return Friday against the Maple Leafs.

"It’s extremely important just to kind of get the feel for each other and certain lines and Danny [DeKeyser] as a partner, hopefully," Green said.

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