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Detroit Red Wings' Darren Helm out due to COVID-19 protocol

Per the NHL, COVID protocol-related absences can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed; mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals; required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 protocol.

We don’t know exactly why Darren Helm is on the list of players who are out due to COVID-19 protocol, and I’m certainly not going to speculate. Hopefully, he doesn’t have it, and if he does, hopefully he has a mild case.

2021 NHL season picks - Stanley Cup, division winners and awards

Lots of predictions in this article. Nobody picked Detroit to win the division. Bastards!

Sean Allen: Lightning
Ben Arledge: Lightning
Pierre Becquey: Lightning
Sachin Chandan: Lightning
Linda Cohn: Lightning
Dimitri Filipovic: Hurricanes
Emily Kaplan: Lightning
Tim Kavanagh: Hurricanes
Don La Greca: Lightning
Victoria Matiash: Lightning
Barry Melrose: Hurricanes
Arda Ocal: Hurricanes
Chris Peters: Hurricanes
Greg Wyshynski: Lightning

Top pick: Lightning (nine votes).