Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said forward Darren Helm will go to New York today to see "a rehab specialist."

Helm has been out since Jan. 25 with back pain. He missed the first three games of the season, came back to play one game and then left practice early the following day and hasn't skated since.

"It's not healing as fast as we'd like," Holland said of Helm's injury.

"He gets better, but we want him to be better quicker. They've ruled everything out. They've ruled out disc issues. They've ruled out structural issues. It's some type of either a ligament or a muscle issue."

Holland said forward Todd Bertuzzi, also out with a back problem, has been making progress, but there's no timetable for when he might begin skating. Bertuzzi missed his ninth straight game Sunday.

"The last week he's made real good progress," Holland said, adding that Bertuzzi wouldn't travel with the team to play Los Angeles on Wednesday and San Jose on Thursday.

Holland did say he expects to have some players currently sidelined back and ready for action Wednesday. Among those possibilities are forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor), defenseman Kyle Quincey (ankle) and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.

Wings coach Mike Babcock said after Saturday's game 4-0 victory over Nashville that Gustavsson would start Sunday. But Gustavsson's groin was still sore, so the Wings brought Tom McCollum up from Grand Rapids to serve as Jimmy Howard's backup against the Canucks.