Update on Helmstrom

No, that’s not a typo in the title…that’s the special team’s entity of Darren Helm and Tomas Holmstrom.  The Helmstrom is a two headed monster…one a power play specialist and the other…

…well, just look:


I will never get tired of watching that clip.

Anyway, there is an update on #96 and #43.

But you’ll have to make the jump to see what it is.

They both returned to practice!  However, with a back-to-back looming tomorrow and Saturday and Sunday – they’re going to be very careful about when Helmstrom returns to action in a game:

“See how I feel tomorrow, that will probably be a bigger indicator.  I wasn’t pushing myself too hard. Couple of times I tried to get up to full speed, but never went after it too hard. Felt good, didn’t feel it at all when I was skating.  If it feels unbelievable, maybe.  We play back-to-back, so it’s pretty tough jumping into back-to-back with this kind of injury. So maybe Saturday off and shoot for Sunday (at Chicago). But if it feels really good, then we’ll see.” –Darren Helm

That quote brought to you via Khan(!).

Here’s what the coach had to say:

“I don’t think so (Saturday), but there’s another practice tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens.  We’re set up to go without them. But they’re good players, when they’re available, we’ll use them.” –Mike Babcock

Should Helmstrom not be ready to go, here is the lineup that Detroit skated with today: