The Red Wings will have Damien Brunner back in the lineup at home Thursday against San Jose, while Darren Helm is not expected back any time soon. Brunner missed three games because of a sore hip flexor.
Helm has played in just one game this season because of a back injury. Coach Mike Babcock said it's not realistic to expect Helm to return this year. With 43 points, Detroit is three points ahead of Phoenix for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.