DeKeyser might return if Wings advance

DETROIT — It’s hard to believe, but the news seems to be more positive for Danny DeKeyser than it is for Darren Helm these days.

DeKeyser, who broke his right thumb in Game 2 against Anaheim on May 2, was scheduled to get his cast removed when he saw the doctor Wednesday.

Although the rookie defensemen had surgery to put a plate and screws in his hand and was supposed to miss six to eight weeks, if the Wings were to keep winning, he might be able to return.

“I’m not ruling that out,” DeKeyser said. “I’m not 100 percent sure on that. As it is right now, I’m not ready to do it yet.

“But if I keep progressing like I am, then I think I might have a chance to do that.”

DeKeyser said his hand is still pretty sore but is healing more quickly because of the surgery.

“Once (the cast) comes off, I’ll have a lot more range of movement and we’ll see how tight I can grip the stick, and hopefully, I can shoot the puck and take slap shots,” DeKeyser said.

The good thing about injuring his hand is, jut like Drew Miller, DeKeyser is able to keep skating while it heals.

“I tried to stay in shape, keep working hard,” DeKeyser said. “I wasn’t doing a whole lot of skating a week or two ago. Now I’m on the ice every day.”

As for Helm, he suffered another setback in a season full of them.

Since injuring his back while lifting weights before the season started, Helm has only played in one game, Jan. 25 against Minnesota.

Helm skated before Game 3 against Anaheim and it wasn’t good.

“Something happened and I came off,” Helm said. “I was in quite a bit of pain, so I’ve stayed off. I haven’t been on since.

“I probably feel decent enough to go and twirl around, but every time I’ve done that … That’s probably the hardest part for me, knowing that I can go and probably twirl around, but at the same time, we know it hasn’t been successful in the past.”

For now, Helm isn’t even going on the ice. In fact, he can’t even ride the exercise bike.

“Sitting on the bike hurts, so (I’m doing) elliptical,” Helm said. “I’m not skating, just doing rehab and trying to get strong again.”

So far, Helm said nobody is discussing surgery.

“They haven’t found anything that warrants to go under the knife,” Helm said.