DETROIT – Johan Franzen, who leads all NHL playoff scorers with 12 goals, is out of the Red Wings lineup indefinitely.
Franzen sat out Game 2 of the Western Conference final Saturday night with concussion-like symptoms, and his team since he would not make the trip for Dallas and Game 3 Monday night.
“He is scheduled to remain in Detroit to undergo testing on Monday,” the Wings stated in a news release.
The six-foot-three Swede has been experiencing headaches since early in the second-round sweep of Colorado.
“The Red Wings medical staff has recommended that, as a precaution, Franzen not play until further testing and evaluation is completed,” the release stated.
Franzen’s goal in Detroit’s 4-1 Game 1 triumph extended his post-season goals streak to five games, tying a longstanding club record he now shares with Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. Franzen erased Howe’s record of most goals in a four-game series – 8 – when he scored nine in four games against the Avalanche.
Franzen’s forte has been obscuring the view of opposition goalies and deflecting in shots and passes from teammates. Including the regular season, he had scored 27 goals in his last 27 games.
The 29-year-old winger had been skating on a line with Valtteri Filppula and Mikael Samuelsson.
“It caught everybody by surprise,” teammate Darren Helm told CBC during a first-intermission interview. “I don’t know if anyone really knew what was going on. We have to give him his rest and hopefully he recovers as soon as possible.”
With Franzen out, coach Mike Babcock kept his top line of Pavel Datsyuk-Henrik Zetterberg-Tomas Holmstrom intact and moved Dan Cleary up from the third line to join Filppula and Samuelsson.
Kris Draper, Dallas Drake and Kirk Maltby comprised the third line.
Darren McCarty, who sat out Thursday when Babcock decided to reinsert Maltby who’d recuperated from a hamstring injury, got the lineup opening created by the deletion of Franzen. He joined Jiri Hudler and Darren Helm on the fourth line.