Update (3:03pm): Helm is day-to-day, according to coach Jeff Blashill via Ansar Khan of MLive.com. It’s not clear at this time if Helm will be able to play on Monday.
Update (1:55pm): The Red Wings have announced that Helm has a lower-body injury and will not return to today’s game.
Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports that it appears to have been a knee-on-knee collision. Helm left the ice slowly and then limped to the dressing room, favoring his left leg per Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. He briefly returned a few minutes later to take a short skate before heading back to the dressing room.
It’s been a rough year for Helm, who is in the first year of a five-year, $19.25MM contract signed back on July 1. Helm missed 28 games with a shoulder injury suffered in November, and has just 13 points in 41 games this season. While that’s in line with his usual pace, it’s not the kind of production you’d expect from a player making $3.85MM per season on a long-term deal.