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Detroit Gamebreaker: Johan Franzen

Wednesday, 04.14.2010 / 3:18 PM ET / News
By Phil Coffey
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Detroit Gamebreaker: Johan Franzen
There are a fair number of NHL players who make their teammates better. There aren't quite as many who make star players better.

Meet Detroit's Johan Franzen.

"Mule" as he is affectionately known around Joe Louis Arena, is one of those old-school, let's-go-to-the-front-of-the-net types who excels at converting loose pucks and rebounds into goals. He has been especially ornery, as his nickname implies, in the last two playoffs, first scoring 13 goals in 16 games as the Wings won the 2008 Stanley Cup, and 12 in 23 games as Detroit went seven games in the 2009 finals.

This season, a knee injury took Franzen out of the lineup for 55 games. But upon his return to the lineup just prior to the Olympics, the Red Wings got it together, thanks in large part to the chemistry between Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk.
He can make plays all day long, but if no one ever shoots it in the net, what good is it? 'Mule' is a huge talent, he's a big man and he's excited; he hasn't played all year and he's fresh. That helps Pavel and it helps our whole team. - Detroit coach Mike Babcock

In the first 11 games Franzen had been back in the lineup, Datsyuk was, well, Pavel Datsyuk, scoring 7 goals and 5 assists while shaking off the doldrums of a disappointing season.

"He can make plays all day long, but if no one ever shoots it in the net, what good is it?" Babcock said of Datsyuk. "'Mule' is a huge talent, he's a big man and he's excited; he hasn't played all year and he's fresh. That helps Pavel and it helps our whole team."

"I know they were good together before, but not that good," goaltender Chris Osgood told Chris McCosky of The Detroit News. "They are really clicking. Pav is a guy that makes everybody around him real good, and I think Mule does the same for him. Mule is a big guy who works the flank and when he goes to the net,
Pav is able to get him the puck.

"It's a give-and-take thing for both. They really complement each other well, and Pav's not the easiest guy to play with. He does a lot of different things that other players can't do and Mule is able to read off him real well."




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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
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10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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