Red Wings lose Franzen, might get Samuelsson back


Johan Franzen couldn’t complete Detroit’s 2-0 loss to the San Jose Sharks because of a lower-body injury.

“They’re going to go back and have a look at him,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, he couldn’t play in the third. We’ll see what happens. It was serious enough to leave the game.”

Franzen is hard to replace, but at least Detroit is likely to get back another forward now that Mikael Samuelsson (hand) has been given the green light to return. Detroit got more good news with blueliner Kyle Quincey (fractured cheekbone) now being healthy enough to workout.

There’s still no timetable for Todd Bertuzzi’s (leg) return, but the good news is that he’s been skating lately.

In other news, Carlo Colaiacovo, who was activated off of the injured reserve list last week, has been sent to the AHL on a conditioning stint. Colaiacovo hasn’t played since Jan. 21, so this will give him a chance to get back into game shape in time for Detroit’s final push for a playoff spot.

Detroit will attempt to bounce back against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday. That won’t be easy, but the Red Wings need every point they can get.

Their loss against the Sharks was a costly one as they allowed San Jose to pull within one point of them. If it’s any consolation though, Pavel Datsyuk gave Logan Couture some nightmare fuel:

Franzen (hip) to miss fourth straight game


The Detroit Red Wings are winless in three games without forward Johan Franzen, and they’ll be missing him again Tuesday in Nashville.

Per the Detroit Free Press, Wings head coach Mike Babcock confirmed today that Franzen (hip) will sit out his fourth straight game tomorrow.

Franzen has three goals and six assists in 12 games. The 33-year-old led the team with 29 goals last season.

In other team news, the Wings (7-6-2) have recalled goalie Jonas Gustavsson from AHL Grand Rapids and sent goalie Petr Mrazek the other way.

Mrazek started Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Minnesota.

Related: Babcock explains how the Red Wings have to play now

Franzen’s hip flexor ‘has progressively gotten worse’, out vs. Blues


The Detroit Red Wings will be without forward Johan Franzen tonight when they take on St. Louis, according to MLive.com.

GM Ken Holland said that Patrick Eaves — who has been a healthy scratch for the last four games — will draw into the lineup and that Justin Abdelkader will move up and fill Franzen’s spot on the second line.

Franzen is listed as day-to-day with a hip flexor issue, but Holland told MLive the injury isn’t improving.

“It’s day-to-day and has progressively gotten worse,” Holland explained. “We’re going to give him a day off and see how he feels tomorrow.”

Franzen has three goals, six assists and a plus-4 rating in 12 games. He had been playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner.

He now joins Carlo Colaiacovo, Jonas Gustavsson, Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi, Mikael Samuelsson and Brendan Smith on the list of Detroit’s walking wounded.

Report: No suspension for Franzen after spearing Perron


Detroit forward Johan Frazen won’t face any supplemental discipline after spearing Blues winger David Perron during Thursday’s 5-1 win in St. Louis.

Here’s the incident in question:

Franzen was given a five-minute spearing major and a game misconduct on the play (Perron got two for boarding), though the penalties had little effect on the outcome as the score was 4-1 in Detroit’s favor at the time.

Oddly enough, this isn’t Franzen’s first foray into the spear game — during last year’s opening playoff round, he took a jab at Nashville forward David Legwand while Legwand was on the Predators bench:

Franzen was tagged with a two-minute slashing penalty on that play, and Legwand was given two for interference (for grabbing Franzen’s jersey.)

There was no supplemental discipline for that spear, either.

Status quo in Detroit as Ericsson, Franzen, and Howard are out tonight

Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Ericsson, Mike Ribeiro

If you Red Wings fans were hoping to read good news this morning about the return of a trio of injured stars, you’ll have to wait for that news later in the week.

With Detroit taking on Columbus tonight they won’t be seeing Jonathan Ericsson, Jimmy Howard, or Johan Franzen back on the ice looking to stay ahead of the Predators for fourth in the West. All three players skated this morning at practice, but all three of them will be hoping to make their return to action later in the week.

Ericsson tells Ansar Khan of Mlive.com that he hopes to be back in on Wednesday night against the Blue Jackets. Franzen too is aiming to be back on Wednesday but might not go until Friday. Meanwhile, Howard’s return to action may come just in time for Detroit’s potential playoff preview showdown with Nashville on Friday.

The Wings getting healthy before the playoffs was just an eventuality but now with Nicklas Lidstrom and Jakub Kindl back in the lineup, things are improving quickly for Detroit.