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Franzen’s status uncertain for tonight versus Preds (Updated)

Apr 25, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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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.”

Franzen was receiving treatment this morning, and Wings general manager Ken Holland said there was no word on his status for tonight.

The big 33-year-old scored his 13th goal of the season — and the sixth in his last six games — against the Kings.

If Detroit beats Nashville and Dallas beats Columbus tonight, the Red Wings will qualify for the playoffs for the 22nd straight time.

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  1. hockeydon10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    That’s too bad. His tendency to be streaky was peaking at just the right time.

  2. zuke13 - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Maybe Bert can play in his spot.
    Go wings

  3. nicwel - Apr 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Wings really need mule. This guy is an amazing playoff talent.

  4. redgreentape - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I bet its lower back. He was getting cross checked hard in front of the net. After that on the bench he looked like he was in a bit of pain.

  5. 0ffsides - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    For a big man, the “mule” is pretty soft and oft injured. Granted he has taken some fairly significant headshots over the years, he needs to be in lineup this time of year.

  6. clefty1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Franzen is playing tonight…Bert is not playing…

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