This usually has been Johan Franzen's time of the year - 35 goals and 34 assists in 75 playoff games (59 points in 51 games the last three seasons).
That type of production would be greatly appreciated during these playoffs, especially after a stretch of two goals in 27 games to end the season. That slump followed Franzen's five-goal game in Ottawa on Feb. 2.
The Red Wings likely won't get too far without Franzen matching his usual playoff success.
Special teamsOn paper, the Red Wings have clearly superior units on the power play and penalty kill. But the game isn't played on paper.
The Red Wings power play, in particular, must play to its fifth-ranked status against a Coyotes penalty killing unit ranked 26th. If the Red Wings can get away from trying to make the perfect play - an occasional problem - they can find seams.
Five keys to the series: Johan Franzen, Jimmy Howard need to respond
Detroit News | Apr 13