DETROIT — Forming chemistry on the Wings’ second line is still on hold now that two of the forwards – Johan Franzen (hip flexor) and Daniel Alfredsson (groin) – are sidelined with injuries.
“It felt OK, but I felt like it (the pain) was creeping up a little bit when I pushed it,” Franzen said after resuming skating after two days off. “I figure that I don’t want to get back to square one, so an extra two more days until the next game. I hope to get it back to 100 percent.
“I’ve had some similar stuff in the past, but I think it’s usually kept me out like one or two games,” Franzen added. “It’s preseason now. It wouldn’t be an issue if it were a playoff game. If that were the case we wouldn’t even be talking about it.”
Alfredsson didn’t skate Thursday.
Patrick Eaves injured his left knee and possibly his ankle in a collision with Jeff Hoggan in practice. Wings general manager Ken Holland said Eaves will be re-evaluated over the next couple of days after the swelling goes down.
Prospect Teemu Pulkkinen was suspended four preseason games for his hit on Chicago defenseman Michael Kostka on Tuesday.