Red Wings hope Franzen is breaking out of a slump

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen insist he's confident in his game.

The Red Wings hope he's right.

Franzen scored for just the second time in 24 games in Detroit's win over the Minnesota Wild that clinched the Central Division title.

The burly Swede known as "Mule" in the Motor City had five goals on Feb 2. at Ottawa, becoming the first NHL player to pull off the feat since Marian Gaborik did it for Minnesota in 2007.

Then, he went into a slump that has created a concern for Detroit heading into the playoffs next week.

Franzen didn't score for over a month after his five-goal game and went another eight games without a goal before Sunday's game against the Wild.