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Darren Helm has a fractured cheekbone

Darren Helm, Mike Fisher

This April 11, 2012 photo shows Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm (43) moving the puck ahead of Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher (12) in the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Helm needed immediate surgery to fix a cut on his right forearm, and speculation is heavy that Nashville captain Shea Weber may be punished by the NHL for retaliating against Henrik Zetterberg after the final horn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Even when the NHL isn’t playing games, players are finding ways to get hurt. Case in point, Red Wings forward Darren Helm.

Helm took a puck to the face while working out with other players and is now out of action with a fractured cheekbone as Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports. It’s another in a growing list of odd injuries.

Helm missed most of last season’s playoff series loss to Nashville thanks to a severed tendon in his arm and also missed a chunk of last season with a knee injury. Detroit re-signed Helm to a four-year, $8.5 million deal in June. Maybe they can work out a clause in the deal that allows him to repair the mirror he broke that led to this run of bad luck.

Update:’s Ansar Khan reports Helm will see a specialist to find out if he needs surgery.