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#1 Pat

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:09 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen saw team doctors on Tuesday and was told his surgically repaired knee is fine and he can play when he's ready. Franzen, who still needs to improve his conditioning level, estimated he's about two weeks away.

"I'm good to go when I feel ready,'' Franzen said. "Maybe a couple more weeks. (The knee) doesn't hurt.''

He said he needs to strengthen his skating muscles.

"I haven't used them in 3 1/2 months,'' said Franzen, who only began skating in earnest last week. "One practice I skated hard, then I was sore the rest of the week.''

He still is hoping to return before the Olympic break (Feb. 15-28), but if he can only play a couple of games before the break, he said he would consider the advantages of resting it an additional two weeks before returning.

"It's going to take its time,'' Franzen said. "The way I feel now after one hard practice, I need two rest days to get back. I got to improve that.''

Other noteworthy items:

-- Tomas Holmstrom got in his first real good skate today at the Xcel Energy Center -- he was out there for about an hour -- since he broke his foot on Jan. 6. He said it's doubtful that he'll return Friday against Nashville, but Sunday at Pittsburgh is a distinct possibility.

-- Jason Williams (fractured fibula on Nov. 7) said he is ready and can play Friday, as long he gets the OK.

-- Andreas Lilja (concussion) said he hopes to have a meeting, possibly on Thursday, with doctors, general manager Ken Holland and his agent to determine when he can be cleared to play and what's the next step to take.

-- Chris Osgood will start in goal tonight against the Minnesota Wild, coach Mike Babcock said after the morning skate.

The only other lineup change sees Derek Meech replacing Brett Lebda. Babcock contemplated resting Niklas Kronwall, who returned to action Tuesday after missing nearly 10 weeks with a sprained knee, but they decided he was good to go.

"That was a decision we didn't make until this morning when the trainers talked to him,'' Babcock said. "He didn't have heavy minutes (Tuesday). We didn't play a lot of time in our zone last night grinding, so he's going.''

Here are the expected lines and defense pairings:

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Cleary
Bertuzzi-Filppula-Miller
Draper-Helm-Eaves
May-Abdelkader-Maltby
Leino (scratched)

Lidstrom-Rafalski
Meech-Stuart
Kronwall-Ericsson

Osgood (starting)
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#2 PrairieDawg

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:11 PM

satisfied.gif Babcock must be reading these boards

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:12 PM

Good stuff all around. thumbup.gif It's weird getting all these good news all of a sudden. biggrin.gif
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:15 PM

there's nothing about this report that doesn't make me happy!

ESPECIALLY that Lebda is OUT
QUOTE (FinWing @ January 27, 2010 - 02:12PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Good stuff all around. thumbup.gif It's weird getting all these good news all of a sudden. biggrin.gif

I know, I'm still VERY cautiously optimistic...

Edited by stevkrause, 27 January 2010 - 02:15 PM.

All I have to say about Holland and our off-season:

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Here in this one as well

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Holland is a damn good GM. period.


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:17 PM

Getting Franzen back this early is going to be huge. I just hope this team can get things back on track quickly when everyone comes back.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:18 PM

Yes very good. I woke up today still in shock that we lost last night. Something has to give. LETS GO WINGS.
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#7 Rick Zombos Ghost

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:20 PM

i cant believe im saying this......it should be ericcson scratched. he is having a HORRIBLE year, and yes i know this is his first real season. He looks completely lost/in over his head. He could have used another year in GR.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:25 PM

QUOTE (Rick Zombos Ghost @ January 27, 2010 - 02:20PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i cant believe im saying this......it should be ericcson scratched. he is having a HORRIBLE year, and yes i know this is his first real season. He looks completely lost/in over his head. He could have used another year in GR.


While he certainly hasn't played good he brings something to the defense that we absolutely can not do without. Size and strength are the main reasons he's in the lineup and we can't take that out of the line up, at least willingly. Give him some time, he's made some major mistakes, but so has a lot of other players, and we will need him.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:26 PM

May provided more energy AND scoring opportunities than Leino has in 10 games.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:27 PM

wow thats a great article. Also another reason to be optimistic, we have only won 1 out of our last 6 games but we have moved up in the rankings. I think that means we only need like 5 more wins on the season to guarantee a playoff spot. wink.gif
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:29 PM

QUOTE (Carman @ January 27, 2010 - 02:25PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
While he certainly hasn't played good he brings something to the defense that we absolutely can not do without. Size and strength are the main reasons he's in the lineup and we can't take that out of the line up, at least willingly. Give him some time, he's made some major mistakes, but so has a lot of other players, and we will need him.

He has made no more mistakes than Lebda, probably less - the difference is, he hasn't been in the league for 6 years - I can deal with growing pains from a rookie who is still growing and hasn't peaked...

Put him with a more solid D partner and you will see a difference - just watch tonight as he's out there and who he's with and how he looks... pair him with Meech or Lebda and yea, he's going to suffer, when he's on the ice with Lids or Kronwall... he will look right in place with where he belongs...

All I have to say about Holland and our off-season:

Here in this thread

Here in this one as well

Here in this one too

and finally

Here


Holland is a damn good GM. period.


#12 Rick Zombos Ghost

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:30 PM

QUOTE (Carman @ January 27, 2010 - 02:25PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
While he certainly hasn't played good he brings something to the defense that we absolutely can not do without. Size and strength are the main reasons he's in the lineup and we can't take that out of the line up, at least willingly. Give him some time, he's made some major mistakes, but so has a lot of other players, and we will need him.

it would have been completly idiotic to do but it would have been interesting to see him play forward(his original position in europe) when we super decimated earlier this season ala meech.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:31 PM

Franzen Franzen Franzen Franzen Franzen Franzen FRANZEN


Franzen.
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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:32 PM

QUOTE (Drake_Marcus @ January 27, 2010 - 02:31PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Franzen Franzen Franzen Franzen Franzen Franzen FRANZEN


Franzen.

I'm gonna go on a limb and guess you're excited about Franzen's return

All I have to say about Holland and our off-season:

Here in this thread

Here in this one as well

Here in this one too

and finally

Here


Holland is a damn good GM. period.


#15 tonyfranks16

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:37 PM

good, lebda can focus on the continuation of harassment of my friends on facebook.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 02:53 PM

QUOTE (tonyfranks16 @ January 27, 2010 - 02:37PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
good, lebda can focus on the continuation of harassment of my friends on facebook.

elaborate

#17 Howard He Do It?!

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:15 PM

Maybe Kronwall can slap some sense into Ericsson.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:26 PM

Then when Lilja comes back Ericsson can be benched for a few games. Maybe then he'll stop turning the puck over in our own end EVERY GAME.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:28 PM

QUOTE (RedSea @ January 27, 2010 - 03:26PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Then when Lilja comes back Ericsson can be benched for a few games. Maybe then he'll stop turning the puck over in our own end EVERY GAME.

no.

All I have to say about Holland and our off-season:

Here in this thread

Here in this one as well

Here in this one too

and finally

Here


Holland is a damn good GM. period.


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Posted 27 January 2010 - 03:30 PM

can't wait for lebda's ass to be waived or traded, meech and Ericsson def should battle for the 6t dman sport or at least make it appear that way to light a fire under ericsson's ass
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