Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen knows only one way to play the game of hockey and that is a very physical, in your face style. While he is an accomplished offensive threat, his game is grinding, banging and hitting anything that gets in his way. Unfortunately, playing that rugged style makes injuries a common occurrence, […]
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It doesn’t sound like Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will be suiting up for the Wings anytime soon.
According to Ken Holland, Franzen, who suffered concussion symptoms the day after a blindside hit from Edmonton’s Rob Klinkhammer back on Jan. 6, still hasn’t been cleared to resume on-ice activities by team doctors. It also doesn’t appear as though getting cleared isn’t...
Tis’ the season to be jolly… Well, unless you’re a Detroit Red Wings’ fan.
The Red Wings suffered their fifth straight defeat Friday night to the New York Islanders, 2-1. It’s the longest Red Wings losing streak since they dropped six straight about the same time last season from December 7 to 17, 2013.
With the holidays upon us and the Wings struggling, why add to growing...
There was a frightening moment in the Detroit-Vancouver game when Johan Franzen’s skate came up and cut Alex Burrows on the top of his cheek. Burrows immediately left the ice for repairs, but he was able to return to the ice along with some new stitches.
Burrows should be thankful this was a glancing blow and that Franzen’s skate didn’t hit him more directly.
(H/T Pro Hockey Talk)
The Detroit Red Wings (7-3-5) concluded the 5th week of the NHL regular season with an anti-climactic 4-3 shootout loss to Steve Yzerman’s Tampa Bay Lightning. Ryan Callahan scored the only goal in the skills competition.
The Red Wings have lost all three shootouts they have been in; déjà vu to last year when they started the season 0 for 6.
Earlier in the week the Wings lost...
The Detroit Red Wings kicked off the 2014-15 season with a comeback 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins. A goal from Justin Abdelkator’s rear end and a power play tap-in from Gustav Nyquist was enough to cover up the ill-advised turnover that gave the Bruins their only goal.
The first star of the game was Johan Franzen. I’d say undeserved, but I’ll give credit where credit is...
Last week I looked at the top 5 players who should stay with the Detroit Red Wings for next season. Now I’m examining at the other end of the spectrum and have picked out the top 5 players that the Red Wings need to move on without.
Who are the guys that underperformed and/or are overpaid? That was my basic principle in deciding which Red Wings should be packing their bags and...
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Johan Franzen was a force in the 2008-2010 playoffs, putting up 59 points n 57 games. For three years, he was a guy you could count on to come up and produce big points when the games really mattered. Since that 2010 playoffs, he has 10 points in 31 games. This is just simply not good enough for a guy who is expected to produce points.
This got me thinking...
DETROIT -- When you have had success in the past, expectations are naturally higher for you than for others.
But Johan Franzen's reputation as a playoff performer has taken a serious hit the last few years.
In the last 31 playoff games since the start of 2011, Franzen has seven goals, four assists and is a minus-9. He has one game-winning goal during that span.
In 51 playoff games...
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Johan Franzen had a good post-Olympic break return.
Not only was Franzen able to play after missing 22 of 23 games due to a concussion, he had three goals and two assists in two games.
After that offensive outburst, the NHL named Franzen its first star of the week ending March 2.
Franzen assisted on both goals in the 2-1 overtime victory over the Montreal Canadiens Feb. 26.