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#21 YoungGuns1340

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:16 PM

QUOTE(Wings_Rule_1010 @ March 7, 2007 - 06:08PM) View Post

Franzen has really stepped it up since all of the injuries. Even when he isn't getting points, he is playing soild. I'll admit though, I was all little worried when I saw he was taking the SO blush.gif . But I was also relieved that it wasn't Lang. Anyways, it was a great move.


Haha I was thinking the same thing!! When I saw Flip miss I was just thinking "oh no, they're gonna put Lang in and this thing will be OVER" and then I saw that Mule was up and I kind of froze not knowing what to think. I think we forget sometimes that Babs probably knows the players just a little bit better than we do.
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#22 cincywingfan

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:32 PM

Heeeeyyyy, Franzie is the man.

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:43 PM

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:56 PM

QUOTE(Heroes of Hockeytown @ March 7, 2007 - 06:09PM) View Post

Second on team hits with 95. Detroit's puck possession style doesn't really lend itself to a lot of hitting, since that's what you do when the other guy has the puck.


Franzen plays on the "checking" line, so it's not like his role is to cary the puck. Detroit's been playing puck posession since the early 90s and guys like McCarty and Lapointe found a way to hit.


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Posted 07 March 2007 - 06:59 PM

QUOTE(Airborn @ March 7, 2007 - 06:56PM) View Post

Franzen plays on the "checking" line, so it's not like his role is to cary the puck. Detroit's been playing puck posession since the early 90s and guys like McCarty and Lapointe found a way to hit.

They carry the puck an awful lot anyways. More to the point, we're not exactly a hitting team, but Franzen does his part.
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 08:11 PM

It'll be interesting to see where he ends up once the forwards start getting healthy again. I'm expecting him to be back with Draper/Maltby, but that's just a guess obviously.

Good to see him take advantage of more ice time and be in a bit of a different role, should definitely give him more confidence going into the postseason.

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Posted 07 March 2007 - 08:20 PM

QUOTE(SouthernWingsFan @ March 7, 2007 - 05:11PM) View Post

It'll be interesting to see where he ends up once the forwards start getting healthy again. I'm expecting him to be back with Draper/Maltby, but that's just a guess obviously.

Good to see him take advantage of more ice time and be in a bit of a different role, should definitely give him more confidence going into the postseason.

I agree with that
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 11:54 PM

QUOTE(HenrikRules40 @ March 7, 2007 - 01:26PM) View Post

Yeah 'Stein has been playing great these past few games. He's really stepped it up. Swedish is as swedish does, I guess.


He's been given a chance on a scoring line. That has been the only difference. The potential has been there all along.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 10:05 AM

QUOTE(Crymson @ March 7, 2007 - 11:54PM) View Post

He's been given a chance on a scoring line. That has been the only difference. The potential has been there all along.

I disagree to a point. You may remember at the start of the year Franzen was on a scoring line, and he was on the second power play unit playing Homer's role. The line was Franzen-Datsyuk-Willy, and later I think he got moved down to Lang's line when all the scoring dried up. After that Dan Cleary emerged as a scoring threat, and the rest was history.

So it's not correct to say that he hasn't been given a chance. The thing about it was, the whole team was pretty much collectively snake-bitten in the early going. So now he's been given another chance due to injuries, and it's actually the perfect time for him to come back into the scorer's role, if you ask me.
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