The Detroit Red Wings are struggling to score goals as it is, but will be without Johan Franzen when they take on the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night. He was forced to leave practice this morning with an injury of some kind. MLive.com originally reported the injury to Franzen this morning:
Johan Franzen is not skating and has been ruled out for Wednesday’s game at Vancouver due to an unspecified injury. General manager Ken Holland said the club is hoping Friday will be ready for Friday’s game at Calgary.
In response to the loss, the Wings have called up Luke Glendening, who has been shuffled between the NHL and AHL several times this season already.
UPDATE: The #RedWings have recalled Luke Glendening from Grand Rapids.
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Regardless of the loss of Franzen, Detroit will be looking for a big all-around effort heading into Vancouver. They’ve lost four straight games now and are suddenly a Wild Card team in their division. They’ve been badly outshot and outplayed in that stretch, and a loss to the lowly New York Rangers will likely be the last start for coach Mike Babcock.
There wasn’t a noticeable effort or sense of urgency against the Blueshirts, who were without their best player in Rick Nash, their captain Ryan Callahan, and their usual starting goalie in Henrik Lundqvist.