DETROIT >> Quick update from Wings practice Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.
Johan Franzen (illness) and Stephen Weiss (shoulder) both took part in a full practice.
Franzen hopes to return to the lineup Friday against the New York Islanders after missing Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Weiss, who separated his shoulder on Dec. 12, is shooting to return Sunday at home against the Colorado Avalanche.
For Franzen, he’s been battling an illness for a number of weeks.
“I’ve been under the weather for three weeks or so I think my body shut down for a few days,” said Franzen, who didn’t feat he had the mumps. “I’ve just been battling flus, stomach flus, regular flus, for the last few weeks. I just haven’t been able to get healthy.
“Beginning of this week I just felt really, really awful, like no energy, nothing,” Franzen added. “I figured I needed a couple days just to get healthy. I think it’s run its course.”
Franzen said they ran tests on him Wednesday and found no mumps virus, which has hit the NHL hard this season.
“I’ve been battling stuff the last few weeks, enough was enough,” Franzen said. “I just needed to get rid of it. Sunday I got really, really sick. Tuesday I tried to skate in the morning skate and I was really shaky. I just was running on empty.”
That illness could have affected how Franzen performed on the ice.
He hasn’t scored a goal since Nov. 20 and is a team-worse minus-9.
“No,” Franzen said when asked if he was frustrated he wasn’t scoring much.
“Not really, mostly in the corners, passing pucks,” Franzen added when asked if he felt he was creating chances.
Asked if it was important for him to go into the short Christmas break on a strong note Franzen said, “I hope we win the last three games. That would be nice. If we win three games I’m happy, it’s a good Christmas gift.”
Franzen has never finished a season with a minus.
“We need him playing hard,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Everybody on the team, if your work doesn’t come before your skill you got no chance to be any good, period. So if you’re not a worker, no chance in today’s NHL, period. That’s why you look through it and see the teams. You’ve got to skate and you’ve got to work and if you can’t you’ve got to have people around you that flat-out can. But you can only have one guy per line max that doesn’t really haul.”