DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings are well aware of what Johan Franzen can mean to them when he's healthy.
Franzen, 6-3, 223 pounds, can be a difference-maker, especially in the playoffs, but the Wings need Franzen now more than ever if they want to reach the playoffs for the 22nd straight season.
In 2008, Franzen had 13 goals and five assists in 16 playoff games. In 2009, he had 12 goals and 11 assists in 23 playoff games. In 2010, he had six goals and 12 assists in 12 playoff games.
Injuries have plagued the big Swede in recent years, including this season.
Franzen, 33, came into Tuesday night's game against the Avalanche without a point in the last three games since returning from missing seven games with a hip injury. Before the injury, he had also gone three games without a point.
But Franzen looked healthy and active in the Red Wings 2-1 win over the Avalanche, as he attacked Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere with a team-high six shots.
Giguere preserved ...