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Wings forward Franzen expected to miss at least 3 games with leg injury

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings expect forward Johan Franzen to miss at least three pre-season games with a thigh injury.

Franzen was hurt in a collision with Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik in the first period of a pre-season game Wednesday night. The Penguins defenceman was given a major penalty for kneeing Franzen, who was knocked out of the game.

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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he’s hoping the NHL fines Orpik for the hit.

Franzen will be re-evaluated on Thursday for what the team described as a charley horse. He tore a ligament in his left knee nearly a year ago and played in just 10 regular season games. He had 18 points in 12 post-season games.