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Babcock says Franzen will return at some point in finals

Updated: May 22, 2008, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

DETROIT -- Johan Franzen is nearly back for the Detroit Red Wings.

He is expected to miss Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night, but Detroit coach Mike Babcock says he will return at some point in the series.

Franzen skated with his teammates Thursday and was cleared to practice Friday.

The center known as "Mule" leads the NHL with 12 goals in the playoffs despite being scratched for the last five games of the second-round series ...

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