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Updated: MULE BACK: Red Wings’ Johan Franzen’s questionable to return after getting hit by Doan

Per NBC Sports’ Darren Pang, Johan Franzen is now “questionable” to return after having left the ice to get stitches for a new gash on his forehead and have a bloody nose looked at—and be evaluated for a concussion—after a similarly questionable hit by Shane Doan, who refused to let up on the off-balance Franzen.

MLive’s Ansar Khan and the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness are keeping track of the situation.

Update 2:36 PM:

21

23 stitches and a probable broken nose later, FRANZEN IS BACK ON THE BENCH!!!!!!

Babcock was confused about the lack of a visor and Franzen shook his head. Nuh nuh.

Update 2:40 PM: Says the crowd: “Franzen! Franzen! Franzen!” Standing ovation!

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HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Not good.  With Z out the Wings really need the Mule’s playoff performance.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 04/16/11 at 04:31 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

And he’s back on the ice.  The Mule is my hero.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 04/16/11 at 04:39 PM ET

MoreShoot's avatar

Any word on Jovanovsky?

Posted by MoreShoot on 04/16/11 at 05:06 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Out for the game.  Upper body.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 04/16/11 at 05:50 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’d say that’s an upper body injury of the ugly kind.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 04/16/11 at 07:08 PM ET

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