Johan Franzen has performed to his size over the past half-dozen games, emerging as a reliable go-to guy while another is healing.

Franzen scored for the third straight game tonight at Prudential Center to lift the Detroit Red Wings, 3-1, past the New Jersey Devils.

Tomas Tatar scored his third goal in the past two games, and Joakim Andersson also had a goal. The Devils' 11 shots on net were lowest in franchise history.

Franzen, the team's biggest forward at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, has four goals and five assists the past six games, helping the Wings win five times during a stretch that's seen the Wings without their most creative forward, Pavel Datsyuk, who has been cleared to return Tuesday after being sidelined by a concussion.

Tonight was a tough go for much of the game because the Devils play a style stifling for both sides. It took 7 minutes before either side even got a shot on net. The Wings had to kill off a penalty in the opening 90 seconds, but it wasn't a hardship. Jonas Gustavsson barely had to track the puck. It was the second penalty that cost the Wings, when Patrik Elias cut into Detroit's zone and found Trenton's Andy Greene, who angled a shot past Gustavsson just as Danius Zubrus slid down low in case of a rebound.