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

Sep 17, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

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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.

  1. aerowings7 - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    This could be an interesting line. While Bertuzzi doesn’t have Franzen’s skill, he at least puts forth the effort and does tend to play well with skilled forwards

    • paperkid96 - Sep 17, 2013 at 8:25 PM

      By franzen skill do you mean coasting around until something really easy comes along?

  2. dipthatchip - Sep 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    is the some sort of hip flexor bug going around? Jesus

  3. 19wasthebest - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Please trade him, he is unwilling or unable to show some consistency. I like him but we could use a consistent scorer besides Pav & Z. See if he shows up and plays up to his size and shows a little heart this year. If not trade him at the deadline.

    • easton0911 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      No one will pick up that long term salary

  4. dtownbeatdown - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Doesn’t matter, he doesn’t show up to play until the final 2 weeks of the season anyways. I don’t know what wings fans see in this guy anymore. Its hard for me to watch him anymore, he is lazy, seems “not into it” anymore.

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