Red Wings consider options for Darren Helm on top line, penalty kill

DETROIT – Darren Helm is out six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury, leaving the Detroit Red Wings with spots to fill on the top line and on the penalty kill.

Helm had been skating with Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha, Cheap Detroit Red Wings Jerseys using his speed on the forecheck and providing a net-front presence. Justin Abdelkader has filled that spot in practice the past two days.

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“I think Justin Abdelkader has been really good in the last little stretch,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I put him up on that line with Larkin and Mantha in that game (Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory at New Jersey). I’m not saying that’s exactly what we’ll do, but he fills a similar-type role, where he’s a forechecker and a net-presence guy and both those guys want that.

“They’re different a little bit. Helmer is a little quicker, but I think Abby has been skating really good.”

The Red Wings, 8-2 in their past 10, face the banged-up Boston Bruins Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). The Bruins (11-6-3) are 15-1-1 in their past 17 games against Detroit.

Boston will be without star center Patrice Bergeron and defensemen Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and John Moore due to injuries.

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