Thursday, May 22, 2008

Probably no Mule in Game 1

Despite "taking a little twirl" Detroit's "Mule" Johan Franzen is not expect in Game 1 Saturday night. Naturally, the Red Wings are hold their hand a little close to their chest as to whether he's still experiencing headaches or concussion like symptoms. However it's pretty clear that he's just skating on his own and not practicing with the team (which he'd need to do to get his legs back under him after his layoff), so it looks like Franzen is still injured.

This is really crucial for Pittsburgh, Franzen has 12 goals in 11 playoff games (and tallied 27 in 72 regular season games). Only the big guns of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg lit the lamp more. Franzen gives Detroit two very dangerous scoring lines, so his continued absence is pretty important.

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