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Helm Goes Down and Nyquist Comes Up

Darren Helm will be sidelined for this weekend's games against rivals Chicago and St. Louis with a groin injury. He is day-to-day and will be reevaluated on Monday. This comes at a bad time as Helm's unit with Danny Cleary and Drew Miller have provided Detroit with standout 2-way play over the past several games.

The Red Wings have recalled Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids to take Helm's spot in the lineup. He currently has 9 goals and 21 assists for the Griffins. It will be interesting to see how Babcock shifts his lines to accomodate Nyquist and Andersson's presence.

 

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Brunnstrom Seals Deal, Captain Ideas

Fabian Brunnstrom earned himself a contract yesterday. Did he physically sign one yet? The answer is no, but he continues to impress the Red Wings' brass the closer he gets to a deal.

Clearly Brunnstrom deserves a spot on this Detroit team. With the preseason he is having he should technically earn himself a one-way deal and stick with the Wings. What I like about him is that he is a team guy, and will take a two-way deal and play in Grand Rapids to get better, but in all honesty, he should be in the big leagues.

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If Lombardi is Healthy, it's Time to Cut Bozak Loose

Early yesterday morning Leaf fans were informed of the positive news that Matthew Lombardi is planning on attending training camp. Seeing as I've been excited since his acquisition, I quickly posted on Twitter that this meant there would be no place for Tyler Bozak.

If Lombardi is healthy, he will slide into the third line centre position between Armstrong and Kadri. That line will be able to provide the Leafs with plenty of offensive support, as well as checking strength (mostly through Armstrong and Lombardi). Depth at the centre ice position, something that the Leafs have been glaringly lacking, will be a welcome strength now that Lombardi seems to be on the mend....