No matter what some fans may think of Red Wings forward Johan Franzen, it would appear that the team needs him.
Winless in the three games without Franzen, the Wings will once again be without the Mule Tuesday when they take on the Nashville Predators in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference quarterfinals.
The Detroit Free Press, reported Tuesday by way of head coach Mike Babcock that Franzen is still feeling the effects of a hip flexor and will sit out his fourth straight game.
In 12 games this season Franzen has 3 goals and 6 assists after leading the team with 29 goals last year.
Meanwhile the Wings did make a roster move Tuesday recalling goaltender Jonas Gustavsson from Grand Rapids who had been on loan on a conditioning stint. Gustavsson has been out since the first game of the season dealing with a groin injury. In turn Detroit sent rookie goaltender Petr Mrazek back to the Griffins after his 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild Sunday night.
h/t: Detroit Free Press