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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Helm's hit parade

Darren Helm hits. That's obvious. But just how often he's been throwing around the body in the post-season has been remarkable.

Here are some of the basics ...

- Helm leads the Red Wings in playoff hits with 66 entering tonight's Game 5 of the Western Conference final. Second on the team is Dan Cleary with 45. Helm has 47 percent more hits than Cleary in the same number of games and in 37 percent less ice time.

- Helm's 66 hits are fourth in the NHL for the post-season.

- Here's how much more frantic Helm's post-season pace has been: He has 66 hits in 15 playoff games. He had 37 hits in 15 regular-season games. And the ice time isn't the difference. He has 66 playoff hits in 161:35, 37 regular-season hits in 198:55.

- Last spring, Helm had 28 hits in 18 playoff games, 135:04 of ice time.

Helm's hits per 60 minutes of ice time ...

30.....09 playoffs
11.....08-09 regular season
12.....08 playoffs


Anonymous Octopus said...

Helm deserves some kind of special recognition, imho, for the great contributions he's made in the past two playoff-runs. He's functioned as a sort of afterburner for this club, helping to propel them through the injuries and combat fatigue of the postseason.
It's probably against the rules, but I'd slip him a little cash-bonus under the table, if I were Ilitch.

May 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM 

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