Franzen (hip flexor) to miss Detroit’s game vs. Chicago


Johan Franzen’s wonky hip is acting up again.

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.