Detroit -- The Red Wings are very close to being back to full health.
Darren Helm, who missed the last 10 games of the regular season with a knee injury, could return for Game 1 of the first-round series against the Nashville Predators.
"Slight possibility, hopefully if it feels really good tomorrow I'll go, if not then our goal was Game 2 or 3 anyway," Helm said after Tuesday's practice at Joe Louis Arena. "If I'm in for Game 1 great, that's what I wanted to play in, but the second game I will be ready by that one."
Coach Mike Babcock said if Helm can play in Game 1, he's in.
"I watched him again today and he was flying," Babcock said. "When he blew by our (defense), I thought he looked pretty good to me. All he's gotta do is tell me he's playing and I'm happy to have him."
Babcock said he didn't know who would sit out if Helm could play.
Helm's speed and energy have been missed by the Wings, something that Babcock has mentioned more than once.
"He's a big part of this team,...