The Red Wings center scored his fourth goal of the season on a tip-in during the power play to open the scoring, but it wasn’t enough in a 4-2 setback for his struggling team against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Helm needs to say healthy after having missed plenty of playing time due to injuries.
The Red Wings have been plagued by many injuries that have deprived them of quality goalscorers throughout the early stages of this season. In 10 games that he’s been healthy enough to appear in so far this season, Helm has four goals and two assists. In 68 games in the 2011-12 season, he had nine goals and 17 assists. His power play goal got them off to an excellent start against the Senators, but they haven’t been able to sustain a start like that for most of the season.
His numbers need to get better, and in a hurry. The Red Wings like Helm and consider him a high-quality player. There’s no reason to suspect he isn’t, but Helm has to give his squad a healthy, high scoring season. He’s not the only player they’re looking to count on, but Helm has to focus on his own game and start scoring to help the Wings snap their current skid.