Mr. Playoffs: Detroit Red Wings' Johan Franzen

John VukovicContributor IIApril 12, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 05:  Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck past Lee Stempniak #22 of the Phoenix Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Jobing.com Arena on March 5, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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No one has scored more playoff goals in the last three years than Johan Franzen, who is tied with teammate Henrik Zetterberg for 31 in that time span, but Franzen has done it playing six games less.

Evgeni Malkin has 29 goals and Sydney Crosby has 27 goals in the last three playoffs. Franzen has scored 59 points in 51 playoff games the last three years. Hopefully for the Wings, Franzen can regain his playoff magic, because he has struggled putting the puck in the net since he scored five goals against Ottawa on February 2nd.

Although Franzen lead the Wings with 28 goals this year, he has only scored two goals in the 27 games after scoring five against the Senators. Normally there would be concern with the lack of goal scoring from the player that is the top goal scorer on the team, but the playoffs are here and Detroit fans expect Franzen to start filling the nets with rubber again.

In the last three regular seasons, Franzen has scored a respectable 72 goals and 63 assists for 135 points in 174 games and a .78 point-per-game pace. In the playoffs in those three years, he is on a 1.15 point-per-game pace.

Nobody in the league steps it up in the playoffs like Franzen. He is known as the Mule, but when the regular season ends, he transforms into Mr. Playoffs and is one of the main reasons Detroit is always a top contender to win the Cup.

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