Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson both are playing for the Red Wings. But who isn’t is a bigger story. Henrik Zetterberg is a scratch with a lower body injry, and is day to day according to general manager Ken Holland. Gustav Nyquist is a scratch, too.
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It sounds like forward Johan Franzen is definitely close to returning. Franzen has missed the last four games with a sore hip flexor. But he’s been skating and practicing hard this week, and said Thursday he could be back by the weekend. “Hopefully,” Franzen said. “I’m getting an ultrasound today to see if it’s healed, … Continue Reading →
To those wondering this morning, the Red Wings don’t expect any further discipline from the league in regard to Johan Franzen’s spearing incident last night. Late in the third period, Franzen speared Blues forward David Perron earning a major penalty and game misconduct. Coach Mike Babcock said Franzen “over-reacted” on the play.
Okay, who had Brian Lashoff in the pool as the Red Wings first goal scorer of the season? Nobody. But Lashoff put the Wings ahead 1-0, Ian White added the other goal, and the Wings lead 2-1 after two periods. Columbus forward Cam Atkinson cut the lead to 2-1 when he got sprung on a … Continue Reading →
Most Red Wings fans would rather have seen this type of performance a few weeks earlier, but many Wings are playing outstanding hockey at the World Championships. Playing in Stockholm, before their hometown fans, forwards Henrik Zetterberg (six points) and Johan Franzen (five points) have led Sweden to a pair of easy victories. Helsinki is … Continue Reading →
There was an interesting look from Johan Franzen’s perspective as to why the Red Wings floundered the way they did in the playoffs. When the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers after the loss to Nashville a few weeks ago, Franzen felt the Wings “have to have more fun out there”. Franzen saw a Wings … Continue Reading →
Jimmy Howard had a fine start today for the United States in a World Championship exhibition game in Sweden. Howard stopped 31 shots as the USA defeated Sweden 3-2. The tournament begins Thursday. Howard played nearly two periods before being replaced by Dallas Stars goalie Richard Bachman. Justin Abdelkader centered the third line for the … Continue Reading →