Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen has been awarded with the first star of the week.

He recorded a hat trick and added two assists in two games for Detroit. Franzen has missed a sizable chunk of the 2013-14 season due to injury, but he's been productive when he's played with 28 points in 33 matches.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen has registered five points in two games following the Olympic break.

He has been a streaky scorer throughout his career and the Red Wings could use a scoring spree from him down the stretch to secure a wild card spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Franzen has been limited to 33 games because of injuries, but he has 12 goals and 28 points on the year.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

An incident between Johan Franzen and Chris Neil during Thursday's contest has turned into a war of words.

Neil tried to pick a fight with Franzen late in the game. Detroit winning was already a foregone conclusion at that point and Franzen was the hero with a hat trick. All the same, Neil tried to provoke Franzen, to the point of taking off his helmet. Franzen had returned from a concussion only days before and said that Neil is the type that likes to swoop in and play the hero after a game's already been decided. Neil responded by saying that he's willing to fight Franzen any time he wants to "drop his purse" and went on to call Franzen "gutless." This is a grade school-level exchange that is, at best, a deliberate attempt on both of their parts to get under the other's skin and maybe hinder their on-ice performance. They're not playing each other again this season and aren't likely to meet in the playoffs, but Detroit and Ottawa are competing for the same Wild Card spot.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen registered three goals for the Red Wings in Thursday's 6-1 blowout win over Ottawa.

It's a shame his season has been marred by injury because Franzen has recorded 28 points in 33 games, a solid pace when prorated over a full season. Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco also scored goals for Detroit in the win.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen picked up two assists in his return to the lineup from a concussion on Wednesday night.

He helped set up goals by Todd Bertuzzi and Gustav Nyquist in a 2-1 overtime win against Montreal. Franzen concluded the match with three shots and 16:54 of ice time. Feel free to activate him if you haven't done so already.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen was activated from the IL on Wednesday February 26.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen (concussion) has been cleared to return.

If he doesn't experience any concussion symptoms after the morning skate then he should be in the lineup against Montreal on Wednesday night.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen is still optimistic about his chances of returning from his concussion issue on Wednesday night.

He will see a doctor on Monday and could receive clearance to play against Montreal afterward. Franzen has sat out 22 of the past 23 games because of a concussion problem.

Johan Franzen RW DET 2 Months

Johan Franzen (concussion) thinks he'll play when Detroit visits Montreal next Wednesday.

"Definitely," Franzen said. "If everything goes smoothly, yeah, I'm planning to be there." He missed 22 of the past 23 games due to a concussion. Franzen added that he needs to get into a few practices before he can really tell how he will feel.

Johan Franzen RW DET 3 Months

Johan Franzen (concussion) reportedly won't represent Team Sweden at the Winter Olympics.

The Swedes will have to find a replacement for the Detroit winger now. He's been limited to 31 games this season because of injury and he's missed most of that time because of concussion problems.