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Game Day Updates: Stars at Red Wings

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Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Johan Franzen Mystery Tour rolls on...

Khan(!) also went on to tweet that The Mule will not play Saturday either, but Ken Holland is hopeful that he'll return next Tuesday. At this point we don't know what exactly is wrong with Franzen. He was sick last week, returned, left during a game, skated this morning and then left the ice early. It might be an injury. Maybe a concussion? I feel like the team would have said something. It's weird that they would be hiding injuries in November (and a potential concussion isn't worth hiding, period). Maybe there's other off ice issues going on. Maybe it's just some Mike Babcock mind games. Regardless, whether you agree or not, this team is better with Franzen in the lineup so hopefully he'll be good to go next week.

The other news of the day?

Tootoo will stay with the Red Wings. If he's not traded before now and next week, he'll likely be assigned to Grand Rapids before next Friday's game against the Capitals. Jonathan Ericsson will be eligible to come off LTIR at that point.

And a sad note for many of our readers and Wings fans out there

Enjoy your Almquist time now, it's not going to last much longer.

Here are your lineups for tonight (barring last minute changes or injuries)

RED WINGS

Forwards

Henrik Zetterberg Pavel Datsyuk Todd Bertuzzi
Daniel Cleary Stephen Weiss Daniel Alfredsson
Tomas Tatar Joakim Andersson Justin Abdelkader
Drew Miller Darren Helm Mikael Samuelsson

Defensemen

Niklas Kronwall Danny DeKeyser
Kyle Quincey Jakub Kindl
Adam Almquist Brian Lashoff

Goaltenders

Jimmy Howard (starting)
Jared Coreau

Scratches: Patrick Eaves, Johan Franzen (something), Jordin Tootoo (waived)

Injuries: Jonas Gustavsson (neck), Brendan Smith (shoulder)

LTIR: Jonathan Ericsson (shoulder)

STARS

Forwards

Jamie Benn Tyler Seguin Valeri Nichushkin
Ray Whitney Cody Eakin Alex Chiasson
Rich Peverley Vernon Fiddler Erik Cole
Ryan Garbutt Shawn Horcoff Antoine Roussel

Defensemen

Stephane Robidas Brenden Dillon
Trevor Daley Sergei Gonchar
Alex Goligoski Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Kari Lehtonen (starting)
Dan Ellis

Let's Go Red Wings.