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93 Johan Franzen LW
Height/Weight: 6-3/223 | Birthdate: 12/23/1979 | Birthplace: Vetlanda, Sweden | Team: Detroit Red Wings | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 80/54 | Average Draft Position: 158.69
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12/18/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings' Franzen Will Play Friday

News: Johan Franzen (illness) has been cleared to play Friday against the Islanders, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: After skipping Tuesday's game with the illness, Johan Franzen returned to the ice for Thursday's practice and looked to be feeling significantly better. The forward said he's been battling an off-and-on stomach flu for the past three weeks, but passed all tests for the mumps conducted by the team's medical staff. The illness has surely impacted his play of late, as he's gone 12 games without a goal after potting six in his first 13 contests. Now that he's seemingly recharged, Franzen will likely form a trio with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco on Friday.

12/17/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings' Franzen Expected To Play Friday

News: Johan Franzen (illness) is expected to play Friday against the Islanders, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It doesn't sound like Johan Franzen has experienced any symptoms related to the mumps virus that has been making its way around the league, so with a couple more days to recuperate, he should be ready to play. His availability for Friday's game should be confirmed after the Red Wings hold their morning skate that day.

12/16/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings' Franzen Out With Illness Tuesday

News: Johan Franzen will not play Tuesday due to an illness, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: It's not clear what type of sickness Johan Franzen is dealing with, but it will prevent him from taking the ice Tuesday night, as he hasn't been able to skate the past two days. Consider him questionable for Detroit's next game Friday while team doctors conduct tests to determine if Franzen might have contracted the mumps virus that has been spreading around the league.

12/8/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Picks Up Assist Sunday

News: Johan Franzen chipped in with an assist, three shots on goal and four penalty minutes in Sunday's victory over the Red Wings.
Analysis: Johan Franzen hasn't been able to find twine since Nov. 20, spanning nine games, but it hasn't been for a dramatic lack in shot attempts. The bad puck luck figures to end for him eventually, and he's at least been able to stay reasonably productive during the goal drought by setting up others. He's notched an assist in five of his last six games to bring his point total up to 18 for the season.

11/19/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Notches Assist

News: Johan Franzen added an assist to a 5-0 win over Columbus on Tuesday.
Analysis: Johan Franzen just keeps chugging along with his point-a-game average, as he now has five goals and seven assists in 12 games. When he's been healthy, he's been stellar this season.

11/9/2014

Johan Franzen, RW, DET Wings' Franzen Gets Point In Fourth Straight

Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Gets Point In Fourth Straight

News: Johan Franzen scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning.
Analysis: The two point effort ran his streak to four in a row with at least one point, and was his second straight with a goal. He's off to a great start with 10 points in nine games, and appears to just be heating up.

11/8/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings' Franzen: Three-Game Point Streak

News: Johan Franzen potted the game-winning goal in Friday's 4-2 victory over the Devils.
Analysis: After being held off the scoresheet in his return from injured reserve last Sunday, Johan Franzen has now provided a point in each of his last three games. If health permits, the 34-year-old could make a run at a 50-point season.

11/2/2014

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Johan Franzen

Detroit's Franzen Returns To Lineup

News: Johan Franzen had four shots on goal in 16 minutes of action Sunday in a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: It's going to take Johan Franzen a couple games to get back into the swing of things, but he did contribute offensively despite being held off the scoresheet. It shouldn't be too long before Franzen finds the back of the net again.

11/1/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings Activate Franzen

News: The Red Wings no longer list Johan Franzen (groin) as being on injured reserve.
Analysis: Johan Franzen's activation means that he has been cleared to play and, as expected, will be in the lineup Sunday against the Sabres. The veteran winger started out the season red-hot with two goals and three assists through the first four games and should be immediately reinserted into fantasy lineups.

10/31/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Due Back Sunday

News: Johan Franzen (groin) expects to be back in the lineup for Sunday's game, MLive's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen started the season on fire with five points in four games, but may need a game or two to get back up to speed. Play him at your own risk.

10/29/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen (Groin) Nearing Return

News: Johan Franzen (groin) hasn't ruled out returning for Friday's game, but said Sunday's game in Buffalo is a more realistic goal, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen practiced Tuesday for the first time since Oct. 17 and also took part in the team's morning skate Wednesday. The 34-year-old is coming off a 41-point season over 54 games, and will look to continue his hot start to the season (five points in four game) when he finally returns to the ice.

10/28/2014

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Johan Franzen

Return Likely Pushed Back For Wings' Franzen

News: Johan Franzen said he was still experiencing tightness in his groin during Tuesday's practice and isn't confident he'll return to game action over the weekend, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen took part in practice Tuesday for the first time since Oct. 17 and was given the go-ahead to participate in Wednesday's morning skate in Washington, but it doesn't sound like he'll be activated from injured reserve in the next couple of days, as coach Mike Babcock had initially anticipated. Instead, the forward will attempt to steadily increase his activity level in subsequent practices to the point where the groin injury is no longer bothersome, with the hope of playing in a game at some point next week.

10/28/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings' Franzen Practices Tuesday

News: Johan Franzen (groin) participated in Tuesday's practice, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen did not get in a full session Tuesday, as he left the ice when the Red Wings took part in competitive drills. However, he did skate hard while doing individual work, and appeared to be moving well. Franzen will miss one more game and most likely a few additional ones, but he has a chance to return to action as soon as Friday.

10/26/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Misses Practice Due To Injury

News: Johan Franzen (groin) is still not skating in practice for the Red Wings, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Although Johan Franzen's injury shouldn't be a long-term one, he has missed Detroit's past four games and isn't expected to return until Oct. 31. The 34-year-old winger was off to a hot start this season, scoring two goals and three assists in four games played.

10/24/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings' Franzen To Miss Next Two Games

News: Johan Franzen (groin) won't return from injured reserve when eligible Saturday, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: It seems Johan Franzen's groin injury is still a short-term concern, but GM Ken Holland declined to provide an update on how much improvement the forward has noticed with the injury. Since he has yet to take the ice since pregame warmups last weekend, the Red Wings decided to rule Franzen out of their two-game road trip beginning Saturday. He'll aim to work out on his own back in Detroit, with a possible return to action no sooner than Oct. 31 against the Kings.

10/20/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings Place Franzen On IR

News: The Red Wings placed Johan Franzen (leg) on IR on Monday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen's injury is apparently a little worse than day-to-day, so he'll make the move to IR until at least Saturday's game against the Flyers. Franzen was off to a hot start before suffering the injury, with two goals and three assists through his first four games.

10/20/2014

Johan Franzen, RW, DET

Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Misses Practice

News: Johan Franzen (leg) did not practice Monday, Chuck Pleiness of Macomb Daily reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen was originally expected to return for Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, but that looks unlikely at this point. Expect the veteran forward to rest up over the next couple days and try to suit up for Thursday's matchup with the Penguins.

10/18/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings Rule Franzen (Leg) Out Saturday

News: Johan Franzen (leg) will not play Saturday against the Maple Leafs, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen felt well enough to take part in pregame warmups, but the Red Wings evidently weren't comfortable enough with his health to use him on back-to-back nights. Stephen Weiss will draw in for his first game of the season. The fact that Franzen was able to make it on the ice for warmups suggests that only a short-term absence is in store, with a high probability that he'll be back in the lineup Tuesday versus the Canadiens.

10/18/2014

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Johan Franzen

Detroit's Franzen A Game-Time Decision

News: Johan Franzen will be a game-time decision with a leg cramp Saturday against Toronto, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen has been stellar so far this season, but as an older player dealing with an injury, there is a chance he could sit out Saturday. He does have three assists and two goals in four games, but any game-time decision is going to be a risky affair.

10/18/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Scores Twice In Win

News: Johan Franzen was set up by Henrik Zetterberg for two goals in Friday's win over Toronto.
Analysis: Johan Franzen is now up to five points on the season (two goals), skating on the top line and top power-play unit. As long as he stays healthy, which was a concern last season, the 34-year-old should score 20-30 goals and put up 50-60 points. Through four games in 2014-15, the veteran has only been held off the scoresheet once, a positive sign for his fantasy owners.

10/17/2014

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Johan Franzen

Red Wings' Franzen DTD With Leg Spasms

News: Johan Franzen left Friday's game with leg spasms and said he'll probably play Saturday against the Maple Leafs, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.
Analysis: The injury doesn't sound very serious, and fantasy owners should see him back out on the ice again this weekend.

10/17/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Won't Return To Game

News: Johan Franzen will not return to Friday's game after suffering a lower-body injury in the second period, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen won't have a chance to net a hat trick after scoring two goals in the first two periods of Friday's game. The team should provide an update on Franzen's status in the next few days to shed some light on how much time the veteran winger may miss.

10/17/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Leaves Late In Second Period

News: Johan Franzen went to the locker room with four minutes left in the second period for an undisclosed reason, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Johan Franzen scored two goals and attempted three shots in 9:07 of ice time before heading to the locker room late in the second period for an undisclosed reason. The team hasn't released any information regarding the situation, but whether or not he takes the ice to start the third period could be an indication of whether he will return Friday or not.

10/9/2014

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Johan Franzen

Wings' Franzen Hands Out Two Assists In Opener

News: Johan Franzen picked up two assists, two PIM and two shots on goal in Thursday's season-opening win over the Bruins.
Analysis: It's no secret that Johan Franzen has tantalizing offensive talent, but it's impossible to count on the oft-injured 34-year-old staying healthy for a full campaign. Still, as long as he's in the Wings' lineup, fantasy owners will enjoy having him in theirs.

4/18/2014

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Johan Franzen

Franzen On Scoresheet For Wings

News: Johan Franzen assisted on the game's only goal Friday as Detroit beat Boston 1-0 in Game 1 of their Atlantic Division semifinal series.
Analysis: Johan Franzen is one of several experienced playoff performers on Detroit's roster and can be expected to fill a vital role until captain Henrik Zetterberg returns to action. Franzen's regular season was plagued with injury but he still managed 41 points in 54 games.