Coach Mike Babcock and Johan Franzen have differing opinions when it comes to the veteran forward's production.

Franzen has scored goals in the last two games – a 3-2 shootout loss in Chicago and a 3-0 victory in Nashville – giving him nine in 35 games this season. That's tied for third-best on the team.

Babcock has no problems with what Franzen has given him this season.

"The Mule's been scoring goals," Babcock said. "I think Mule's been good. We played him at center, we played him at wing, changed lines. I thought him and (Valtteri Filppula) in Chicago, with (Daniel Cleary), were our best line.

"And then (Sunday vs. Nashville) they were solid as well. That's important for us."

Franzen, however, doesn't see it that way.

Before scoring against the Blackhawks and Predators, he went seven games without a goal and had scored just twice in the previous 15. Although he's got seven points in his last seven games, Franzen isn't happy with his output.

"My last seven games, I don't want to talk about this," Franzen said Tuesday. "This makes me pissed."

Fair enough.

But not all of his teammates feel the same way.

"He's been important for us, scoring some key goals down the stretch and everybody knows how he plays in the playoffs," Filppula said. "So it's a good start that he's playing well right now."