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Johan Franzen | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232
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The Detroit Red Wings' top line of Gustav Nyquist, Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen struggled mightily in Saturday's loss to Toronto.
All three players were held pointless and they combined to be minus-9 on the night. It was just a blip on the radar for the top line. "Their line wasn't as good the last couple of games," Mike Babcock said. "You play 82 games and you go through a lot of ups and downs. They usually don't give up any goals but tonight they did." Nov 23 - 10:41 AM

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The Detroit Red Wings have been happy with the play of Johan Franzen, who is on a five-game point streak.

"When his legs are going, he's an ultra-effective player," coach Mike Babcock said. "When he's standing around watching, he's just like the rest of us, not quite as good."
Nov 16 - 11:20 AM

Johan Franzen notched a goal and an assist in Detroit's 4-3 shootout loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday.

He has recorded two goals and four assists during a four-game point streak. Franzen has been hot since returning to the lineup earlier this month from a groin injury. The marker was also his 184th career goal, which ties him with Sid Abel for 18th in Wings history.
Nov 10 - 10:09 AM

Johan Franzen has registered 11 goals in his last four trips to Ottawa, so he could be a good play on Tuesday night versus the Senators.

That includes a five-goal game on Feb. 2, 2011. Franzen is still working his way back from a groin injury that he returned from on Sunday. "It wasn't the easiest game to play but I tried my hardest to skate, keep it short (shifts)," he said. "I caught out there a few times. But it was okay." Franzen had four shots and two penalty minutes in 16:19 of ice time.
Nov 4 - 8:47 AM

Johan Franzen will return to the Red Wings lineup Sunday afternoon against the Sabres.

The Mule had been out of action for two weeks and four games with a groin muscle pull. Franzen will skate on the team's second line alongside Gustav Nyquist and Darren Helm and will certainly get ample power-play ice time. Activate Franzen immediately as Sunday afternoon's contest starts at 5:00 pm ET.
Nov 2 - 9:41 AM

Johan Franzen (groin) felt much better when he took to the ice on Wednesday.

He's much more optimistic about returning soon to the lineup. Franzen wouldn't rule out being available for Friday's home game against Los Angeles, but said that Sunday's contest at Buffalo was probably more realistic.
Oct 29 - 6:02 PM

Johan Franzen tested his injured groin on the ice Tuesday, but he didn't feel very good.

"Not great, but it was a first time skating with the team," Franzen said. "I tried a few strides at 100 percent, or close to it. It didn't feel great even then, so I backed off a little bit. Gotta start a little slower, probably." He plans to skate a few more times and then re-evaluate where he is at. However, he doesn't think he will be able to play on Friday and Sunday when the Red Wings play against Los Angeles and Buffalo, respectively.
Oct 29 - 10:44 AM

Johan Franzen (groin) doesn't think he'll return this weekend.

Franzen is still experiencing tightness. He's already missed four games due to the injury.
Oct 28 - 2:59 PM

Johan Franzen (groin) is not expected to play Wednesday or Friday.

He is still listed as day-to-day with a groin injury. Franzen has sat out the past four games due to the ailment.
Oct 28 - 6:57 AM

Although he is eligible to come off the injured list, Johan Franzen is not going to be activated and play against Philadelphia on Saturday.

He is still nursing a groin muscle pull and will miss his fourth consecutive game. Keep Franzen on reserve for now.
Oct 25 - 9:59 AM

Johan Franzen (groin) wasn't on the ice with the Red Wings on Friday.

Franzen can be activated off the injured reserve list on Saturday, but we doubt he will be. It looks like his return isn't imminent.
Oct 24 - 12:40 PM

Johan Franzen (groin) has been placed on injured reserve.

He missed Saturday's game against the Leafs due to a muscle spasm in his thigh that forced him to leave Friday's contest. It is now being called a groin injury. Franzen's move to seven-day IR may indicate that Pavel Datsyuk is ready to return.
Oct 20 - 1:15 PM

Johan Franzen (thigh) did not play Saturday night against the Leafs.

Franzen suffered a muscle spasm Friday night. As a result, Stephen Weiss is making his season debut. Franzen’s injury doesn’t appear serious, so he should be back out there Tuesday. He has five points on the season.
Oct 18 - 7:55 PM

Johan Franzen's injury sustained Friday night against Toronto is to his thigh.

He had a significant muscle spasm and could not return to the game. He is questionable for Saturday night's rematch against the Maple Leafs. When asked if he would play Saturday night Franzen stated the following: "Maybe, probably, hopefully so. It just cramped up on the inside, a real tight spasm, it tightened up on me. Hopefully it goes away." Stay tuned for updates on Franzen's status.
Oct 18 - 9:44 AM

Johan Franzen left Friday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with a lower-body injury.

Franzen scored two goals in the game before leaving with the injury. The Red Wings have already announced that he will not return to the game.
Oct 17 - 9:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Pavel Datsyuk
2Stephen Weiss
3Darren Helm
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
LW1Henrik Zetterberg
2Tomas Tatar
3Daniel Cleary
4Drew Miller
RW1Johan Franzen
2Gustav Nyquist
3Justin Abdelkader
4Tomas Jurco
5Joakim Andersson
D1Niklas Kronwall
2Dan DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
8Xavier Ouellet
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Petr Mrazek