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Advice for Franzen: “Get on the inside.”

DETROIT >> Wings coach Mike Babcock made one simple statement when asked about Franzen’s struggles,” Get on the inside.”

In his last 21 games, playoffs and regular season, he has one goal, seven assists and a minus-5 rating. In the previous 23 games, he had 13 goals, 16 assists and a plus-14.

Franzen is third on the team in shots on goal through three games with eight.

“Even if I’m not scoring that’s not what I’m doing for this team,” Franzen said on the eve of the first round series with Boston. “It’s not why I go out and play games to score goals. I’ve got a lot of things to do before that. It’s not even fifth on the list, probably, when you go out to a game.”

In his last 30 playoff games since the start of 2011, he has seven goals (one game winner), four assists and a minus-8.

In his previous 51 playoff games from 2008-2010, he had 31 goals (nine game winners), 28 assists and a plus-29.

Wings take Tyler Bertuzzi, whose uncle is Todd Bertuzzi, with pick from San Jose in second round

The Wings took left wing Tyler Bertuzzi, from Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League, with the 58th overall pick in the second round.

Detroit got the pick in a trade with San Jose earlier in the round.

Bertuzzi, whose uncle is Detroit’s Todd Bertuzzi, finished ranked 207th by NHL Central Scouting.

He had 13 goals and nine assists in 43 games last season.

Kindl gets four-year extension to remain in Detroit

DETROIT – Each and every season defenseman Jakub Kindl somehow works his way out of the lineup.

Those days seem to be over.

The Wings have inked the soon-to-be restricted free agent to a four-year extension worth $9.6 million.

Kindl, 26, had four goals and nine assists in 41 games last season and was a plus-15.

More details to follow.