When asked about the key players in the Red Wings-Blackhawks series, many will immediately say stars Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp lead the way for the Blackhawks while Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg are going to be on everyone’s list of important contributors for Detroit.
Well, there’s one player everyone seems to forget about that the Red Wings cannot win without: left winger Johan Franzen. Detroit needs their “mule” (a nickname given by Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman) to come up big in the next few games if they’re going to upset the Western Conference favorites.
It’s not like Johan Franzen came out of the blue and shocked anyone with four goals in these Stanley Cup Playoffs. After all, he was behind only Datsyuk and Zetterberg in points on the Red Wings with 31 in the shortened 48-game regular season.
One of the main ways Franzen produces and contributes to…
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