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Up-to-the minute updates and insights from the Red Wings locker room at home and on the road. By Chuck Pleiness of The Macomb Daily.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Franzen to play in Game 2 tonight

Forward Johan Franzen has been cleared to play tonight and will be in the Detroit lineup. Coach Mike Babcock said otherwise at his morning press conference, but found out shortly after that the Mule will be available to him. The Red Wings just sent out a press release (12:17 p.m.) confirming that Franzen will play tonight.

Franzen has been out of the Detroit lineup since Game 1 of the Western Conference final experiencing concussion-like symptoms (headaches).

With Franzen back in the lineup, it's likely that Darren McCarty will be a healthy scratch tonight as he was in Game 1 of the Western Conference final. If not McCarty, Kirk Maltby might be next lowest on the depth chart. Maltby did, however, bump McCarty out of the lineup against Dallas. And with Georges Laraque not playing tonight, McCarty's an even better bet to be scratched.


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