Two of Detroit’s veteran forwards will miss tonight’s preseason game with injuries.
Daniel Alfredsson (groin) and Johan Franzen (hip flexor) will be held out of Thursday’s game against Boston, the club announced.
While not cause for major alarm — it’s only Detroit’s third of eight preseason games — the injuries have to be considered something of a setback, as Alfredsson and Franzen were projected to skate on the team’s second line between newly acquired center Stephen Weiss.
Given the three are all new to each other, opportunities to play together are key.
Franzen, 33, has yet to skate in a preseason game due to the hip issue, a lingering injury from last season (one that cost him seven regular season contests).
Alfredsson, 40, played in Tuesday’s 2-0 loss to Chicago after sitting out the preseason opener against Pittsburgh.
Despite these injuries, Detroit is still sending a loaded lineup to Boston tonight. Pavel Datsyuk will center Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader on the top like while Weiss, Tomas Tatar, Daniel Cleary, Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist and Jordin Tootoo are also projected to be in the lineup.
Jimmy Howard, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Danny DeKeyser are expected to dress as well.
Franzen (hip flexor) to miss Detroit’s game vs. Chicago
Franzen, who missed seven games last season with a hip flexor injury, will be held out of Detroit’s second exhibition game of the season tonight in Chicago with a similar ailment, the Macomb Daily reports.
Franzen also missed Detroit’s preseason-opening win over Pittsburgh on Monday night.
The 33-year-old Swede has a history of hip issues dating back to the 2008-09 campaign. Last year, the injury derailed what was an otherwise solid campaign from Franzen — he had 31 points in 41 games and finished second on the team in goals and points.
What’s more, his points-per-game average was at 0.76, his highest since the 2009-10 season.
With Franzen out of the lineup, Todd Bertuzzi will jump up to Detroit’s first line for the evening, playing alongside newly acquired forwards Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson.
Red Wings’ Abdelkader and Franzen injured in second period
A pair of Detroit Red Wings’ forwards were injured late in the second period, but are expected to return to the game, according to reports out of Anaheim.
Justin Abdelkader and Johan Franzen left the game at separate times late in the middle period of Game 2 in that Western Conference quarter-final. Both players also scored, as Detroit jumped out to a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.
Franzen felled by shot to Mule family jewels. Word in press box is he's expected back, ditto Abdelkader.
It’s not clear if Red Wings forward Johan Franzen will be available for tonight’s home game versus Nashville.
Franzen suffered an undisclosed injury towards the end of last night’s 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings at Joe Louis Arena.
“Don’t know a whole bunch,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said following the game, per MLive.com. “They just took him off the bench, or made him sit on the bench. I couldn’t use him down the stretch. I’ll find out tomorrow.”
On a night when Calgary Flames fans were celebrating the career of Miikka Kiprusoff, the veteran 36-year-old goaltender will be cast on the highlights in part because of a goal he let in from center ice.
Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen got his team to within a goal with under three minutes remaining in the third period, bouncing a backhand shot from just inside the Calgary side of center ice and by Kiprusoff. The Flames, however, hung on for the 3-2 victory and Kiprusoff made 36 saves on Wednesday.