Most players tend to think offense when they're on the ice.

Not Darren Helm.

"When I'm playing hard, working hard and skating is when I usually get my most chances to score," said Helm, a defensive-minded forward who has tied his career high of 11 goals.

It's been working lately.

Heading into Wednesday's game against the Capitals, Helm had three goals his last four games and four goals in his last seven.

Helm, 24, always has had the blinding speed. But until the past few months, that speed would sometimes lead to a breakaway attempt with an empty scoring chance.

Now, Helm has learned to take that extra second with the puck, slow down, and bury some of those chances.

"With the way things are going right now, I am more confident," Helm said. "I feel good out there with and without the puck."