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Johan Franzen didn't have an issue with his performance this season.

"You can only go out there and do your best," Franzen said. "Sometimes, the goals don't come. But it's not that you're not trying hard. It was a hard season. The concussion was a problem. It didn't want to go away. But I was happy with my season before the concussion and afterwards." In 54 games, he contributed 16 goals and 41 points. Franzen didn't have a goal and he contributed two assists in Detroit's first-round playoff loss to Boston. He can be maddeningly inconsistent, but the Wings are unlikely to use an amnesty buyout on the remaining six years of his contract. Still, they will probably be looking for more from him next season.

Johan Franzen RW DET 4 Months

Johan Franzen registered an assist in a 4-2 loss to Boston on Saturday.

Franzen wasn't as productive as the Red Wings would have liked and that contributed to the fact that the Bruins won the first round series in five games. Franzen ended up with two assists in five postseason contests after getting 41 points in 54 regular season games.

Johan Franzen RW DET 4 Months

Detroit coach Mike Babcock seems to be getting a little impatient with Johan Franzen's lack of production.

The Mule has yet to score in four playoff games and he has not been particularly dangerous in the Bruins' zone. "He's got to get himself going, just like all of us," Babcock said. "Obviously, we've talked to him, tried to put him in the best situations to be successful, but like every guy on your team, collectively as a group and individually, we haven't had our best. So you got to find a way to get more. That's your obligation to your teammates and to yourself. You ask yourself, 'Am I playing at the level I'm capable of playing?' And if you're not, then we need more." Sounds like Babcock is almost pleading with Franzen to give a better effort.

Johan Franzen RW DET 4 Months

Johan Franzen has been turning down media requests during the playoffs and that's come as a surprise to Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.

"To me, if you just step right up and just talk, it makes it easy," Babcock said. "But when you don't, things build and then I think that puts more pressure on yourself. I don't know why you do that." Babcock went on to suggest that Franzen should have the hard interview to get it over with. Detroit is down 3-1 in its first round series against Boston and Franzen has no goals and one assist in the series.

Johan Franzen RW DET 4 Months

If Detroit is to have any chance of knocking off the heavily favored Boston Bruins, Johan Franzen will have to score as he has in past playoff series.

Franzen is one of the NHL's top post-season performers. He as scored 31 goals and registered 59 points in 51 career playoff games. The Wings are going to need that type of production and a whole lot more from others if they are to get by the big, bad Bruins.

Johan Franzen RW DET 4 Months

Johan Franzen skated with Daniel Alfredsson and Darren Helm on Wednesday.

Coach Mike Babcock did some line shuffling, so it's unclear what combinations he'll have for Game 1 against Boston on Friday night. Luke Glendening centered Drew Miller and David Legwand, while Riley Sheahan played between Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco and Pavel Datsyuk was flanked by Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.

Johan Franzen RW DET 4 Months

Johan Franzen will rest instead of playing on Sunday.

The season finale doesn't mean much to Detroit, so it made more sense to Detroit to give a few of its players a breather. Franzen has 16 goals and 41 points in 54 games in 2013-14.

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Johan Franzen recorded an assist in a 4-2 win over Toronto.

That gives Franzen 16 goals and 37 points this season. He's been limited to just 47 games due to concussion problems.

Johan Franzen RW DET 5 Months

Johan Franzen ended a nine-game goalless drought on Thursday night.

Franzen came out of the Olympic break firing on all cylinders, but his trademark inconsistency has reared its ugly head again. He had just one assist during his dry spell. In 46 games this year, Franzen has 16 goals and 36 points.

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Johan Franzen led the Red Wings to a dominating win over New Jersey, collecting two goals and two assists in the 7-4 Detroit victory.

Franzen has been simply spectacular since the Olympic break, where he's scored six goals and added five helpers in the Wings' five games since Sochi.