Franzen out of lineup tonight; Eaves in

DETROIT — Wings general Ken Holland just confirmed that Johan Franzen will miss tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues due to a hip flexor injury.

“It’s day-to-day and has progressively gotten worse,” Holland said in a phone interview. “We’re going to give him a day off and see how he feels tomorrow.”

Franzen has played all 12 games this season and has three goals and six assists.

Patrick Eaves will be back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch the last four games.

Wings coach Mike Babcock wasn’t clear after the morning skate if there would be any changes to the lineup tonight.

“I am at this point,” Babcock said when asked if he was going with the same lineup as he did in Sunday’s win over the Los Angeles Kings.

Because the morning skate was optional the Wings didn’t skate lines so it won’t be known until game time who is skating with Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner on a line.

Babcock also gave a quick update on Todd Bertuzzi and Darren Helm, who are both out with back injuries.

“I talked to Bert today, he’s not feeling very good,” Babcock said. “And Helmer is just a work in progress. I don’t know how long he’ll be. But neither guy is on the horizon.”


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