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Franzen (upper body) has been limited to off-ice workouts since landing on injured reserve, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.

Franzen hasn't played since Jan. 6, when he suffered the injury on a hit by the Oilers' Rob Klinkhammer. It sounds like his injury might be concussion-related, as GM Ken Holland noted the forward has occasionally been experiencing headaches in recent days. Holland said Franzen shouldn't be deemed close to returning until he starts practicing with the team for multiple days in a row, but there's no telling when that might occur.

Johan Franzen RW DET 17 Days

Franzen (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, MLive.com's Brendan Savage reports.

Franzen suffered the upper-body injury in Tuesday's win over the Oilers and was a late scratch for Wednesday's tilt with the Flames. The Red Wings haven't provided much word on the nature or severity of his injury, but the IR placement will result in him missing at least the team's next two games. Teemu Pulkkinen was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids in a corresponding move.

Johan Franzen RW DET 18 Days

Franzen (upper body) missed Wednesday's game with Calgary.

No word on the severity of his injury yet, so consider him day to day for now. Franzen has 22 points in 33 games on the season.

Johan Franzen RW DET 24 Days

Franzen tallied two assists and three shots on goal in Wednesday's win over the Devils.

The slate has been fairly dry of late for Franzen, who has accumulated four points over his last nine games. He made the most of his 13:37 of ice time Wednesday, but his standing on the Red Wings' third line may not improve his chances of piling up points at a steady clip anytime soon.

Johan Franzen RW DET 1 Month

Franzen (illness) has been cleared to play Friday against the Islanders, Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily reports.

After skipping Tuesday's game with the illness, Franzen returned to the ice for Thursday's practice and looked to be feeling significantly better. The forward said he's been battling the stomach flu off-and-on for the past three weeks, but passed all tests for the mumps conducted by the team's medical staff. The illness has surely impacted his play of late, as he's gone 12 games without a goal after potting six in his first 13 contests. Now that he's seemingly recharged, Franzen will likely form a trio with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco on Friday.

Johan Franzen RW DET 1 Month

Franzen (illness) is expected to play Friday against the Islanders, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

It doesn't sound like Franzen has experienced any symptoms related to the mumps virus that has been making its way around the league, so with a couple more days to recuperate, he should be ready to play. His availability for Friday's game should be confirmed after the Red Wings hold their morning skate that day.

Johan Franzen RW DET 1 Month

Franzen will not play Tuesday due to an illness, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

It's not clear what type of sickness Franzen is dealing with, but it will prevent him from taking the ice Tuesday night. Consider him questionable for Detroit's next game Friday.

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Franzen chipped in with an assist, three shots on goal and four penalty minutes in Sunday's victory over the Red Wings.

Franzen hasn't been able to find twine since Nov. 20, spanning nine games, but it hasn't been for a dramatic lack in shot attempts. The bad puck luck figures to end for him eventually, and he's at least been able to stay reasonably productive during the goal drought by setting up others. He's notched an assist in five of his last six games to bring his point total up to 18 for the season.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Franzen added an assist to a 5-0 win over Columbus on Tuesday.

Franzen just keeps chugging along with his point-a-game average, as he now has five goals and seven assists in 12 games. When he's been healthy, he's been stellar this season.

Johan Franzen RW DET 3 Months

Franzen scored a goal and added an assist in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Lightning.

The two point effort ran his streak to four in a row with at least one point, and was his second straight with a goal. He's off to a great start with 10 points in nine games, and appears to just be heating up.