DETROIT — Johan Franzen says he’ll be ready for Game 1 of the Wings’ Western Conference semifinal series.
“(I feel) better and better,” Franzen said after skating briefly with the team Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.
Ask if he could play Thursday he said, “Yeah.”
Franzen skated for roughly 10 minutes with his teammates.
“Just moving around a little bit, see how it felt,” Franzen said. “It’s not hurting, that’s for sure. Skate a little bit yesterday, a little today. Hopefully go a little harder tomorrow.”
Franzen said it ‘would be good’ to get a full practice in before playing again.
“I don’t know how (I was injured),” Franzen said. “When I got hit in the corner, it happened there.”
Franzen said he got his left ankle numbed up for Game 3 but then it felt worse.
It was his first time with them since taking the pre-game skate prior to Game 4 of the Wings’ opening round series with the Phoenix Coyotes.
Wings coach Mike Babcock was unsure of Franzen’s status for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“I didn’t spend a whole lot of time looking at him,” Babcock said. “He was out there skating and that’s a start.”
The Wings won’t know the start date of their next series until after Game 7 of the Vancouver-Chicago series, which is being played later tonight.
“We’ll see (if he’s ready) when we start,” Babcock said. “We’ll see how he does and how he responds and go from there. When he’s ready he’ll play.”
Ruslan Salei did not practice Tuesday. He is expected ready for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
“He’s got a boo boo,” Babcock said.