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By the numbers: Darren Helm

Injuries hit Helm hard; will Detroit leave him unprotected in the Expansion Draft?

by Arthur J.Regner @arthurjregner /

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2016-17 season. Each week during the off-season, By The Numbers will profile a different player on the team, focusing on their statistical highs. This week we focus on forward Darren Helm.

Red Wings forward Darren Helm holds a unique distinction among NHL players. He actually played more playoff games (41) than regular season games (23) during his first two seasons in Detroit.

A speedy two-way forward, staying healthy has always been the main concern with Helm. Just when it appears Helm is about to elevate his game, he suffers a setback through injury.

He played in only 50 games this season, nursing a wonky shoulder and a left leg injury.

Detroit's hierarchy and Helm are expecting a big bounceback year from him next season, since he's under contract through 2020-21 with a cap hit of $3.85 million.

Helm could be claimed by the Vegas Golden Knights if he's left unprotected in the Expansion Draft, but he may be too much of a gamble for Vegas considering his injury history.

8 - Number of goals Helm scored this season, his lowest total of his career since he became a full-time Red Wing in 2009-10. His single season high in goals is 15, which he accomplished during the 2014-15 campaign.

17 - Total points scored in 50 games played, another career low. Helm's highest season point total occurred during the 2014-15 season with 33.

32 - The number of games Helm missed, 28 with a dislocated shoulder and four with a left leg injury.

48.0 - His Corsi For percentage, which measures the amount of time the Red Wings controlled the puck with Helm on the ice at even strength. Helm's career Corsi For percentage is 53.6. Last season was the first time that Helm's Corsi For percentage dipped below 50 since the 2007-08 season, when he appeared in seven games for Detroit with a Corsi For percentage of 49.3.

15:22 - Helm's average ice time, which was the most of his career; he played 19:21 against the New Jersey Devils in late January, his highest total of the season.

216 - Number of face-offs Helm won, which was 51.4 percent of his draws. The 51.4 percent also equals his career percentage in face-off wins.

493 - The total number of games Helm has played during his 10-year Wings career. He will play career game 500 sometime early next season, perhaps at the new Little Caesars Arena.

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