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07:07 AM ET 04.25 | Ready, set, worry? Johan Franzen is heating up at the right time for the Detroit Red Wings. But, the club hopes it doesn't lose the big forward with the soft hands at the wrong time. Franzen didn't play toward the end of Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena due to an undisclosed injury. Coach Mike Babcock and general manager Ken Holland said Franzen's status for Thursday's home finale vs. Nashville will be determined in the morning. "He's been real good for us," Babcock said. "He didn't finish the game, but hopefully he'll be fine for [Thursday]." Babcock added, "Don't know a whole bunch. They just took him off the bench, or made him sit on the bench. I couldn't use him down the stretch."

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April 25, 2013  08:26 AM ET

No worries bertuzzi is back!!

April 25, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Finally the Wings get a little momentum and the Mule starts getting menstrual cramps... When it rains blood, it pours blood.

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April 25, 2013  08:47 AM ET

What happened to him?

April 25, 2013  09:04 AM ET

odd

April 25, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

What happened to him?

didn't see anything that looked like he got hurt...maybe he actually went into a corner and tried to get the puck...and strained himself.
I don't think his being down for a game or two is going to change anything should they get to the playoffs...Chicago would be first up and I don't see the Wings getting anywhere near past that series

April 25, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Outside of maybe 3 players, Detroit hasn't looked strong all year. This isn't at the top of their worry list IMO

April 25, 2013  10:01 AM ET

He got worked over when he scored his goal on the power play. I can't remember who the defenseman was, but he whacked him a few times in the lower back with his stick.

It didn't stop Franzen from scoring, but when he went to the bench he was grimacing. I wouldn't be surprised if he had some bruised ribs or on his lower back in the shape of a stick.

April 25, 2013  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Chicago would be first up and I don't see the Wings getting anywhere near past that series

As I've maintained all season, if the Wings get healthy and hot at the right time, anything can happen.

The last couple games the power play has looked good, they've been winning board battles, getting to the front of the net, firing pucks at the net, reduced defensive zone turnovers, very good goaltending... all the little things that have been costing them W's seem to be getting corrected.

And even the discombobulated version of this year's Red Wings were tied with the Blackhawks after 60 minutes in 3/4 of games. The Blackhawks are not as invincible as perceived.

I have hope. We'll find out soon whether it's misguided or prescient.

April 25, 2013  10:04 AM ET



:^)

April 25, 2013  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Outside of maybe 3 players, Detroit hasn't looked strong all year. This isn't at the top of their worry list IMO

It may not be their TOP worry, it's the top 2 or 3. Though he's been oft injured and invisible at times during regular seasons, the Mule has been a manchild in the playoffs for the Wings. He's got a Claude Lemieux-playoff type of thing going--doesn't shine the same in regular games, but is on once the big lights are on him.

It's one thing for them to be winning these last few games, but I've like how they've looked the last two. They have shown some grit and heavy hitting not often seen (against Phoenix Datsyuk gave two HEAVY hits and Abdelkader was a wrecking ball). I also think the line combos have late have really been clicking. That's also a reason missing the Mule would hurt. That plus he's had a point in 8 out of the last 10 games, including 6 goals.

April 25, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It may not be their TOP worry, it's the top 2 or 3. Though he's been oft injured and invisible at times during regular seasons, the Mule has been a manchild in the playoffs for the Wings. He's got a Claude Lemieux-playoff type of thing going--doesn't shine the same in regular games, but is on once the big lights are on him.It's one thing for them to be winning these last few games, but I've like how they've looked the last two. They have shown some grit and heavy hitting not often seen (against Phoenix Datsyuk gave two HEAVY hits and Abdelkader was a wrecking ball). I also think the line combos have late have really been clicking. That's also a reason missing the Mule would hurt. That plus he's had a point in 8 out of the last 10 games, including 6 goals.

I agree last couple games been good SP....and they play Chicago tough... but I still can't see it. While I'd love to see it...just don't think they can do it. As for Franzen they'd miss him but I think his spot is easier filled than people think.

April 25, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The Blackhawks are not as invincible as perceived.I have hope. We'll find out soon whether it's misguided or prescient.

I don't think the Hawks are invincible either RP... I don't think they'll make the final. I don't think anyone coming out of the West can keep up with the speed of the top teams in the East. East wins this year IMO

April 25, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I agree last couple games been good SP....and they play Chicago tough... but I still can't see it. While I'd love to see it...just don't think they can do it. As for Franzen they'd miss him but I think his spot is easier filled than people think.

I'll start with this disclaimer: in full disclosure, Franzen is my favorite current player. That being said, yes, I would agree with you, being as how the season has gone, in most circumstances the Mule could be not missed as much as one would think. But with the new season (hopefully) around the corner, the way the other forwards have performed this year, and how he's been scoring of late compared to our goal-scoring-intolerance for the year...yeah, he'd be missed.

Right now the lines are clicking, so it would be a bad time to have somebody out. Bert could have played last night, but they decided to stay pat. Franzen the last couple of games has taken his game to the "dirty" spots as they said last night and playing up to his size (though against Phoenix he still wound up on his butt more than one would think for his size). The young forwards this year really looked to be trying to find themselves out there; now they're taking to the line combos well, as evidenced by the success of the Eaves-Tootoo-Emmerton line last night. Anderson, Nyquist and Brunner also have looked real tight together. Would hate to mess with any chemistry right now (never was good at science).

April 25, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I don't think anyone coming out of the West can keep up with the speed of the top teams in the East. East wins this year IMO

Remember last year when Crosby came back and the hot Penguins fizzled? What if it happens again? [Most of us would find that awesomely hilarious.]

Aside from the Penguins, which other teams in the East do you see as definitively superior to all West teams?

April 25, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I'll start with this disclaimer: in full disclosure, Franzen is my favorite current player.

And I sir will give you this disclaimer: He's my least favorite player, so that may let's say ....umm color my opinion :)

April 25, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Remember last year when Crosby came back and the hot Penguins fizzled? What if it happens again? [Most of us would find that awesomely hilarious.]Aside from the Penguins, which other teams in the East do you see as definitively superior to all West teams?

If the Habs snap out of that funk that they're in....I'd say them. Boston can stand with almost any of the West and I wouldn't count (choke)** the Leafs out of it....those are outside the Pens as well. I see those 4 as being as good if not better than the West. Of all the teams...I'd say the Habs are going to be the biggest problem for a team coming out of the West..just on the speed they transition alone

April 25, 2013  11:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No worries bertuzzi is back!!

Big worry. We can ill afford to lose anybody right now. The Mule finally awoke from his months long slumber. We need him.

April 25, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Would hate to mess with any chemistry right now.

100% agree on this. Even moreso on the backend.

Amazingly, ever since DeKeyser was inserted into the lineup, the Wings defensive corps has been a lot more stable. He might actually be the best defenseman on the roster.

 
April 25, 2013  11:16 AM ET
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Chicago would be first up and I don't see the Wings getting anywhere near past that series

Handing the Stanly Cup to anybody in advance is assuming too much. Many can't miss teams were dumped in the 1st round and, many lower ranked teams made it all the way. Remember the 8th place Oilers going all the way to the SC? And, the 8th place Kings winning it all last year? When it comes to the playoffs, all bets are off.

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