The Malik Report
by Paul on 04/06/13 at 11:13 AM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“I thought Mule was fantastic in the middle, dominated the faceoff circle, really played well, went head-to-head against (Matt) Duchene all night long and was very good,'' Babcock said.
Babcock paired Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together in an effort to energize the team following Thursday's 4-2 loss at Phoenix. He had Franzen center the second line with Valtteri Filppula and Gustav Nyquist.
Franzen, who won 8-of-13 faceoffs, enjoyed the change of pace.
“Little bit more involved in the game,'' Franzen said. “Got some more pucks, a lot more skating, so it was fun.
“Try something new and get a little boost maybe.''
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