Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 4/11/12

CALGARY, CANADA - OCTOBER 31: Darren Helm #43 of the Detroit Red Wings goes over the boards for a line change during their game against the Calgary Flames on October 31, 2009 at the Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Red Wings defeated the Flames 3-1. (Photo by Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Detroit center Darren Helm sustained an upper-body injury' in the first period against Nashville on Thursday night, and he will not return in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series. Helm played 3:08 in the first period with six shifts before tossing his glove to the ice and speeding to the locker room during a penalty kill against Nashville. The center missed the final 10 games of the regular season after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee March 17 in a collision with San Jose's Dominic Moore. Helm had nine goals and 17 assists in 69 games this season. Nashville scratched defenseman Hal Gill against Detroit because of a lower-body injury. Gill blocked a shot by Sheldon Souray of Dallas last week.
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