Detroit -- While Red Wings fans mourn the retirement of sublime captain Nick Lidstrom, there was a bit of happy news.
Darren Helm is healing nicely and had the contraption attached to his right hand and arm was removed Wednesday.
"Whenever you're missing something, it feels weird," Helm said after watching Lidstrom's press conference. "It feels good to have it off. Seven weeks with it on, not a lot I could do. Just kind of awkward, prevented me from doing a lot of stuff.
"Now it's off, it feels good, starting to use it more. It's my dominant hand so I think that will help with the healing process. It sucked when it was on but now I'll be using it more and more and it should heal up pretty quickly."
Helm returned from a knee injury in time to play in the first game of the Wings' first-round series against the Nashville Predators, only to leave a few minutes into the game.
Helm checked Nashville forward Alex Radulov along the boards and Radulov fell to the ice, his skate came up...