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by Paul on 04/10/12 at 02:17 PM ET
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
To succeed against as big and physical an opponent as the Predators, the Wings need Franzen to play with fire. It’s a rare player who performs at a consistently high level all season (his name: Nicklas Lidstrom), but Franzen is one of those guys who can be frustrating to watch when he doesn’t use his size to bulldoze opponents and drive to the net. He does do that this time of year, though, and that’s encouraging for the Wings’ chances of success.
“Him in particular,” close friend Niklas Kronwall said, “when he gets in the mood, he’s really, really hard to stop. He uses his body so well. At the same time, he’s got great hands, great vision. And it’s tough to play someone with all those elements together.
“He is huge part of our team and when he gets going, and he is in his right state of mind, he’s a game changer.”
At 6-feet-3 and some 220 pounds, Franzen towers over most of his fellow forwards.
“Mule is one of those guys that to me,” coach Mike Babcock said, “when he is on the top of his game, he is as good as anyone in the game.”
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