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Johan Franzen | Winger

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/23/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 232
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Johan Franzen (illness) was back on the ice Thursday and he expects to play Friday.
"At the beginning of this week," Franzen said, "I just felt really, really awful. Like no energy, nothing. I figured I needed a couple of days off to get healthy. I've been battling stuff for the last three weeks. Enough was enough. Just needed to get rid of it." His flu-like symptoms may have contributed to his recent 12-game goalless slump and his minus-9 rating during that span. Franzen skated with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco during Thursday's session. Dec 18 - 4:29 PM

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Johan Franzen (flu) should be back in the lineup on Friday.

He missed Tuesday's shootout loss to Columbus because he was under the weather.
Dec 17 - 5:16 PM

Johan Franzen (illness) will miss Tuesday's game.

Franzen also missed Monday's practice due to the disease. The Red Wings were initially optimistic that he would still be able to play Tuesday, but he needs more time to recover. The return of Justin Abdelkader will help counteract the loss of Franzen. Tomas Jurco is likely to move off the top line with Abdelkader's return, but he might occupy Franzen's spot on a line with Riley Sheahan and Daniel Cleary instead.
Dec 16 - 12:23 PM

Johan Franzen didn't practice on Monday due to an illness.

The good news is that Franzen isn't the latest victim of the NHL's mumps outbreak. Franzen is still probable for Tuesday's game.
Dec 15 - 1:12 PM

Johan Franzen will play alongside Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on Tuesday.

Justin Abdelkader normally occupies that spot, but he's dealing with the flu and a shoulder injury. Franzen has six goals and 15 points in 18 games this season.
Dec 2 - 4:28 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
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
2Danny DeKeyser
3Jonathan Ericsson
4Brendan Smith
5Kyle Quincey
6Jakub Kindl
7Brian Lashoff
G1Jimmy Howard
2Jonas Gustavsson
3Petr Mrazek