Finally, the Red Wings didn't need Blue Cross.

They had their full complement of assorted weapons all reasonably healthy for the first time in six weeks. But that lasted only until an alarmed Darren Helm raced off the ice just minutes into Wednesday night's Game 1, the victim of a razor-sharp skate cutting his right forearm.

He didn't return.

The team that has built an almost legendary reputation for creating its own playoff good fortune is now beginning to wonder when it's going to catch a break.