Darren Helm will replace Mark Hartigan on the Red Wings’ fourth line in Game Five tonight.
“Really excited and nervous at the same time,” Helm said. “There’s a lot of young guys up, being one of the first guys to jump in definitely means a lot to me, gives me some confidence that they believe in me.”
Mike Babcock had previously said he had no worries about playing Helm or Justin Abdelkader in playoff games, as they’ve been in high-pressure situations before (Helm in the World Junior Championships and Memorial Cup, Abdelkader in the Frozen Four).
I would have gone with Abdelkader but Helm’s not a bad move either.