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Franzen continues to impress

The Mule has netted winning goals in 12 of the WIngs' last 40 games

Monday, 10.13.2008 / 3:08 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Franzen continues to impress
DETROIT – According to Elias Sports Bureau, Johan Franzen has scored the game-winning goal in 12 of the Red Wings’ last 40 games, dating back to last March – that’s over 25 percent of the game-winning goals, which is nearly unheard of in the modern game. 

Everyone knows the tear that Franzen has been on since late last season. But actually look at his numbers, and you will see that his performance in the last few months has been astonishing. 

Franzen etched his name into Hockeytown history last spring, when he broke one of Gordie Howe’s records. With an overtime goal against Nashville on March 30, Franzen broke Mr. Hockey’s record for game-winners in a single month.

But Mule didn’t stop there. His knack for finding the back of the net in the most important situations spilled into the playoffs, where he scored the game-winner in five of 22 playoff games in route to a Stanley Cup championship.

Oh yes, and he’s trying to continue his clutch performances this year, after scoring the decisive goal in Ottawa on Saturday, with 77-seconds left, to give the Red Wings their first win this season.

Before his March explosion, Franzen had scored the game-winning goal only eight times in 229 regular and postseason NHL games.  However, his first goal in the NHL was a game-winner, in a game against Los Angeles on October 13, 2005.

It also needs to be noted that he hasn’t even played in all of the last 40 games, missing six games – from the Dallas series into the Pittsburgh series – with concussion-like symptoms. So subtract six from the 40 games, and that means Franzen has scored the game-winner in 12 of his last 34 games, which is a 35 percent rate.

To put these numbers into perspective, the all-time leader in game-winners, Jaromir Jagr, scored the winner in 8 percent of his games. Brett Hull, in second place, accomplished the feat also 8 percent of the time. Wayne Gretzky netted the winner only 6 percent of the time.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 54 18 20 25 38
H. Zetterberg 55 10 28 5 38
T. Tatar 54 16 17 -1 33
G. Nyquist 55 14 16 -1 30
P. Datsyuk 40 9 21 14 30
J. Abdelkader 55 14 15 -2 29
M. Green 47 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 41 5 11 6 16
D. DeKeyser 51 7 8 12 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 5 .933 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89