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By The Numbers: Darren Helm

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

By The Numbers will highlight the Red Wings on-ice accomplishments in the 2015-16 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 center Darren Helm.

Darren Helm celebrates his first playoff goal in five years when he scored in Game 4 of the Red Wings' first-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Photo by Getty Images)

Like most others on the Red Wings’ roster, Darren Helm wasn’t pleased with last season, and rightly so.

Once considered to be one the best third-line centers in the league the new role he was expected to play in first-year coach Jeff Blashill’s system was far from what Helm expected.

Though 2015-16 saw Helm appear in 77 games his ice time took a hit, dropping to 15:04 per game, which was down from 15:50 the previous season.

Helm said he’s not necessarily looking for top-six minutes, though it would seem he wants a more defined role. So decisions definitely lie ahead for Helm, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

“It was definitely a different year,” he said. “I think a lot of other guys experienced the same issues. It was something I’ll have to decide. I know there are a couple guys I need to talk to, Blash and Kenny (Holland), and see where everything is headed and where I see myself fitting into this organization or where they see me fitting into this organization then I’ll have to make some tough decisions.”

Team success also matters for the 29-year-old.

“Winning is a big part of it. I want to win,” Helm said. “I really don’t mind playing on the bottom lines as long as there’s that respect factor. You get opportunities in different situations. If that looks like that’s the case that I’ll get to play in those situations that I feel that I can play in then I’ll be happy. If not and they tell me right away that’s not going to happen then I may not want to stay.”

Darren Helm
Center  - DET
Goals: 13 | Assists: 13 | Pts: 26
Shots: 165 | +/-: -2
77 | The most games he played since appearing in every game of the 2010-11 season. Helm missed the first four games of the regular season as he recovered from an on-ice collision with a camp invitee during the opening minutes of last September’s training camp. Also missed a game in March with an illness.

32 | Posted the most single-season penalty minutes of his career, serving 16 minor infractions. That’s more than the 14 minors that Helm accumulated in the previous three seasons – combined.

13 | All of his goals were even-strength tallies, the most EVG goals he’s produced in a season since joining the Red Wings full time in 2009-10. His total tied him with Justin Abdelkader for third on the team in EVG. Only Dylan Larkin (19) and Tomas Tatar (14) scored more at even strength.

291 | Total shot attempts made by Helm, which was a career high for the veteran center. His 165 shots on goal represented 56.7 percent of his total shot numbers. He registered nine SOG in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 12.

-2 | It’s Helm’s lowest plus/minus rating in six seasons, matching his first full season in a Red Wings’ uniform, in 2009-10. He was a plus-2 at Joe Louis Arena, but a minus-4 away from the friendly confines.

3 | Tied his career high for game-winning goals, potting winners against Montreal (Dec. 10), New York Rangers (Mar. 12), and Philadelphia (Apr. 6). He has scored as many GWG two other times – in 2009-10 and 2013-14. His 14 career game-winners is tied with Niklas Kronwall and Justin Abdelkader for fourth among active Red Wings.

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