Franzen ruled out of Stanley Cup opener
Red Wings centre nearing return from concussion-like symptoms
Injured Red Wings forward Johan Franzen skated with his teammates on Friday, but won't join them on the ice in Detroit for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final against Pittsburgh on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).
Franzen, who has dealt with concussion-like symptoms for the past two weeks, has yet to be cleared by doctors for game action.
"I'm out of shape, but otherwise, I felt good," Franzen said after Friday's 60-plus minute workout. "We'll do some testing [Saturday]. It wasn't clear to me exactly what I have to do. It's day to day, checkups every day."
Franzen was cleared for light workouts on May 15 and looked good at Thursday's practice tipping pucks in the net.
The third-year Red Wings centre leads the NHL with 12 goals in the playoffs despite being scratched for the last five games of the Western Conference final against Dallas.
The 12 goals is a franchise record and seven shy of the NHL mark shared by Reggie Leach and Jari Kurri.
Franzen, 28, is riding a remarkable streak with 27 goals in 27 games dating back to the regular season.
Detroit held off a desperate Stars outfit for a 4-1 win in Game 6 on Monday to advance to the Cup seven-game series final for the fifth time since 1995.
The Penguins won the Stanley Cup both times Pittsburgh previously made the final, in 1991 and 1992.
They advanced to this year's championship following a five-game series victory over the cross-state Philadelphia Flyers.
With files from the Associated Press