PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- The Red Wings have had their fair share of injuries the last few years so with the compressed season about to start Saturday, they're not going to take any chances.
Mikael Samuelsson joined Darren Helm on the sidelines Monday due to a tender groin.
"I had nothing to do with that," coach Mike Babcock said of keeping Samuelsson off-ice. "Groins I hear all of the time are day-to-day and then 10 days later the guy comes back. So, well see what happens."
Helm has been off the ice since tweaking his back last week in off-ice workouts. The earliest he's likely to get back on his skates looks like Thursday.
Meanwhile, Babcock is focused on the players who are practicing at the moment.
"The practice isnt set up the same as Day 1. Its less tempo than Day 1," Babcock said. "But I thought we got work done, and then (Tuesday) we have the Red-White game for us and the following day will have more tempo again. Well be ready to go....