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Western Central Standings

Team W-L-OTL Pts
28-13-10 66
32-19-1 65
27-17-4 58
27-18-3 57
24-18-6 54
23-25-3 49
16-28-6 38
15-29-4 34

2022 Stats

STATS A
Assists
P
Points
+/-
Plus-Minus Goals Scored For or Against Total
TOI/G
Time On Ice Per Game
PM
Penalty Minutes
Regular Season 0 0 -4 09:28 0

Top Darren Helm News

  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Not playing Friday

    Helm (lower body) is not available Friday against Vancouver, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Helm will miss his fourth straight game and there's been little information on his status. Consider the 35-year-old out indefinitely until the team provides a timeline for his return.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Not playing Saturday

    Per Kyle Fredrickson of The Denver Gazette, Helm will miss some time with a lower-body injury, according to coach Jared Bednar.

    Helm was injured Thursday versus the Blackhawks and played only 5:34 before leaving the contest at the 5:52 mark of the second period. The injury is related to the hip injury that kept him out of the lineup for the first 35 games of the season. He has no points in five games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Doesn't practice Friday

    Helm (undisclosed) missed Friday's practice, according to Peter Baugh of The Athletic.

    Helm left Thursday's game against the Blackhawks because of the injury. It's not clear yet if he'll be available Saturday versus Ottawa, but the fact that he didn't practice Friday is discouraging. He has no points while averaging 9:28 of ice time in five games this season.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Leaves game

    Helm (undisclosed) didn't finish Thursday's game versus the Blackhawks, Avalanche freelance writer Adrian Dater reports.

    Helm exited the game early and didn't return, and there was no clarity on the reason for his absence. The Avalanche are still dealing with a number of injuries, so if he can't play Saturday versus the Senators, it might be Andreas Englund joining the lineup.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Returns to ice

    Helm had five hits over 8:55 of ice time in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights.

    Helm made his season debut after recovering from a hip injury. As expected, he skated on the fourth line at center and won four of nine draws.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Ready for season debut

    Helm (hip) will be in the lineup Monday against Vegas, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Helm sat out the first 35 games of the 2022-23 campaign. He is ready to make his season debut after recovering from abductor surgery in November. Helm will join the bottom-six forward group of the Avalanche and work on the penalty kill. He registered 15 points, 93 shots on goal and 114 hits in 68 games last season.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Nearing return

    Helm (hip) wore a regular jersey during Friday's practice, Adrian Dater of Dater On Hockey reports.

    Coach Jared Bednar told Ryan Boulding of NHL.com that Helm is making progress, but the forward doesn't have a timeline for a return. The move from non-contact to contact sweater suggests the bottom-six center could return early in the new year.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Practices with Avalanche

    Helm's (adductor) was on the ice with the Avalanche for Friday's practice, per Peter Baugh of The Athletic.

    Helm practicing is an encouraging sign, but he was wearing a non-contact jersey, which suggests that his return isn't imminent. He hasn't played yet this season because of the injury. When the 35-year-old is healthy, he'll likely serve on the fourth line.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Struggling to get back

    Helm's (adductor) recovery is taking longer than expected and the center is still 1-2 weeks from returning, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Helm had reportedly been close to getting back into action, but it appears that he is still limited to individual skating. Even once cleared to play, Helm shouldn't be expected to offer more than low-end fantasy value in a bottom-six role. With a number of other injured forwards, the Avs have been constantly recalling players from the minors while also deploying seven defensemen.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Getting close to return

    Helm (abductor) is getting close to rejoining the lineup, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar told Peter Baugh of The Athletic on Wednesday.

    Helm hasn't played yet in 2022-23 due to the injury. When he's ready to return, he will probably play on the fourth line. The 35-year-old had seven goals and 15 points in 68 contests last season.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Undergoes abductor surgery

    Helm underwent abductor surgery and was placed on the long-term injured reserve list, Bennett Durando of The Denver Post reports Friday.

    Helm hasn't played yet this season because of the injury. When he is healthy, he will likely be slotted into the Avalanche's fourth line.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Still week-to-week

    Helm (undisclosed) is still considered to be week-to-week, according to Ryan Boulding of NHL.com.

    Helm is making progress, but it certainly doesn't sound like he'll be back anytime soon. He hasn't played yet in 2022-23. When he has recovered, he'll likely serve on the fourth line.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Out for Opening Night

    Helm (undisclosed) won't be ready for Opening Night on Wednesday against Chicago, Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports reports.

    Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said Tuesday that Helm is "getting close," but the veteran forward will not be available for the start of the 2022-23 campaign. Helm chipped in seven goals and 15 points in 68 games last year.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Opening Night in doubt

    Helm (undisclosed) may not be ready for Opening Night, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

    The report doesn't indicate anything more specific than what Dater is hearing about Helm. If he can't go next Wednesday against Chicago, a spot would open up for a bubble forward, like Martin Kaut.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Wearing non-contact jersey

    Helm (undisclosed) was on the ice for Monday's practice in a non-contract sweater, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

    Even if Helm is deemed fully fit before Opening Night against the Blackhawks on Oct. 12, he may find himself watching from the press box anyway as a healthy scratch. If he does play, Helm figures to fill a bottom-six role where he is unlikely to offer more than low-end fantasy value

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Re-signs with Colorado

    Helm signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract extension with the Avalanche on Wednesday, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reports.

    Helm drew into 68 regular-season contests with Colorado in 2021-22, picking up 15 points and 114 hits over that span. He'll likely produce similarly while skating in a bottom-six role in 2022-23.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Dishing out pain

    Helm scored a goal on two shots, logged 12 hits and added four PIM in Saturday's 7-0 win over the Lightning in Game 2.

    Helm hurt the Lightning in multiple ways Saturday, as the 12 hits were double the next best total, achieved by three players. The veteran also tallied the Avalanche's fifth goal of the contest, his second of the postseason in 16 games. He's picked up four points, but fantasy managers looking for cheap physicality in DFS should know him well by now, as he has 84 hits in the postseason, good for over five body checks per game.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Delivers 10 hits

    Helm dished out 10 hits against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. In addition, the center recorded four shots and a minus-2 rating in 15:07 of ice time.

    Helm led both teams in hits and set a new personal season high as he gave the Avs some much-needed physicality. Offensively, Helm has managed just one goal and two assists in 15 postseason contests, so fantasy players shouldn't be banking on him producing offensively with any consistency.

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  • Avalanche's Darren Helm: Faceoff win yields assist Monday

    Helm notched an assist, three shots on goal, four hits and two PIM in Monday's 6-5 overtime win over the Oilers in Game 4.

    Helm won a faceoff back to Cale Makar, whose shot attempt led to two chances for Artturi Lehkonen, the second of which went in to clinch the 4-0 series sweep. Helm has only a goal and two assists in the playoffs, but two of his points have come on series-clinching plays. The 35-year-old has added 19 shots on net, 62 hits, a plus-4 rating and six PIM in 14 contests in a bottom-six role.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 192 lbs
Birthplace: St. Andrews, MB
Age: 36
Experience: 15
Shoots: Left