April 17, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm (43) against the Nashville Predators in game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings' Darren Helm isn't sure if he'll be ready for regular season

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Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm says his back is getting better but isn’t sure if he will be ready for the start of the regular season.

“I’m not thinking about it. I’m just trying to get better. I’m not putting a time line on the opening season. I’m just trying to get better. I did want to get back for last year, but with no real reason of why I had back pain it made me push harder and harder to work through it. Now, things are going well, I want to keep it at this pace and when I’m ready I’m ready.” He told MLive.com.

Last season Helm only played one game because of his back injury. He injured his back while working out during the NHL lock out.

“There are days where it’s a little achy or sore but, I can kind of distinguish between the good and the bad and it’s mostly been good. Just kind of work through it, stretch through it, skate through it and it’s been good.” He continued to say in his interview.

 Helm was able to skate in July and hasn’t reported any setbacks since. 

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