Helm opened the scoring less than two minutes into Saturday's game, but Detroit lost to Anaheim 4-3. Helm took a nice pass from Brendan Smith and cashed in for his fourth goal of the season. Helm has managed to stay largely healthy for the second straight season and while he isn't producing a ton of offense, he's provided some stability on the third line.
Helm provided an assist on both of the team's goals in Monday's loss to the Kings. Helm had the primary helper on each, but it wasn't enough as the Wings were blanked after the first period. The 28-year-old had been held off the scoresheet in seven straight prior to Monday's tilt, and now has just 11 points on the season.
Helm scored a pair of goals Thursday against Montreal, including the game-winner with 6:01 remaining in the third period. The Wings were back on their heels a little after going down 2-1 just a few minutes into the third, but Justin Abdelkader scored to tie it. Just over a minute later, Pavel Datsyuk forced a turnover deep in the Montreal zone and hooked Helm up with tons of daylight in front of the net. The veteran winger still can't be considered a true top-six player -- he has only seven points on the year and scored his first goal while skating with Luke Glendening and Joakim Andersson. That one was a brilliant play, too, with Helm batting the puck down and beating Dustin Tokarski to the corner of the net. He still did see his minutes fall to a more typical 14:35, but after this effort, Helm projects to continue seeing opportunities alongside quality linemates.
Helm notched his first goal of the year as well as his first multi-point effort Thursday, as he also contributed an assist and a plus-2 in a 5-1 win over Arizona. With three helpers in 21 games entering Thursday's action, Helm hadn't generated much fantasy value, though he's usually more productive than his five points in 22 games indicate. Helm should pick things up a little, but only if he can consistently play significant minutes -- like the 15:56 he recorded Thursday. That's well over his season average of 13:45.
Helm has dished out a lone assist in 10 games this season. Coming off a year where Helm recorded a career-high 33 points, the fourth-line winger has been struggling so far in 2015-16. A concussion with the combination of a shoulder injury kept Helm out of action the first four games of the year, since then, he has dished out one assist and been held to zero goals.
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