Philadelphia — Johan Franzen’s return to the Red Wings lineup lasted one game.
Franzen woke up Tuesday with a reccurence of the concussion symptoms that kept him out of 16 games before returning to play Sunday against Florida.
Franzen was put on the seven-day short-term injured list and the team activated forward Joakim Andersson, who played Tuesday in the 5-0 loss to the Flyers.
“He woke up and didn’t feel right, so we have to do what is right,” general manager Ken Holland said. “He just has to have a lot of days being healthy before he plays.”
Holland said Franzen has been in constant contact with specialists and will continue to be this week.
Franzen collided with Tampa Bay’s Radko Gudas Dec. 15, which triggered the concussion.
Returning to the ice Sunday against the Panthers, Franzen played 16:45 in Sunday’s game and had an assist.
Franzen made the trip with the Red Wings to Philadelphia but stayed at the hotel during the morning skate.
“I found out this morning,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t know much about it, to be honest with you. Anytime it’s a head injury, we’ve been through it a number of times, they are hard things.
“Obviously Mule thought he was ready and found out he wasn’t.”
Andersson had missed the previous six games with a hip flexor.
“A stupid thing that happened in practice,” Andersson said. “I thought it would be ready (before Tuesday) but I couldn’t do it.”
Babcock put Andersson in Franzen’s spot on a line with Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader.Andersson played 15:35 in 20 shifts, winning 6 of 12 faceoffs.
With 13 points (seven goals) in 47 games, Andersson is generally pleased with his offensive output but he isn’t fond of his minus-8 rating.
“I’m not happy about that at all,” said Andersson, who generally been considered a good defensive center. “I’ve been too much up and down. I’ve had good games and good periods but I’m not happy about my defensive game all over.
“Just too up and down in that area. That’s where I’ve had my strongest (part of my) game in the past but this year I’ve been making some bad plays in games.”
Andersson centered Nyquist last season in Grand Rapids and with the Red Wings during a successful stretch late in the regular season and during the playoffs on a line along with Damien Brunner.
“I’ve played a lot with Gustav and I know what I have to do to help him out and Abby is a good skater, strong on the forecheck,” Andersson said.
Ineffective power play
The power play is again hurting the Red Wings.
Going without a goal in four opportunities Tuesday, the Red Wings are now 2-for-18 in their last four games.
“Especially on the road, special teams become more important,” forward Daniel Alfredsson said. “At times we did a better job of setting up, that’s been an issue a couple of times the last few games.
“We have to find a way to get the puck to the net and get some momentum.”
Howard in uniform
Goalie Jimmy Howard (left knee) was back in uniform Tuesday, but not in the starting lineup.
Babcock started Jonas Gustavsson in net.
Howard expects to start Friday against Washington, after getting some good practice time this week.
“I’ve skated mostly with (goaltending consultant) Jimmy (Bedard), which is still good, but I felt like I needed to see some shots in practice before getting back in there,” Howard said.
Said Babcock: “I didn’t even know Howie was ready to be honest with you. We’ll give him this week to practice and get ready to go.”
The Flyers won the season series 2-1-0. The last time the Flyers won a season series against the Red Wings that was more one game was 1987-88 when the Flyers went 2-0-1 against the Red Wings.
…Flyers goalie Steve Mason on his 33-save shutout: “A lot of playing comfortable is the way the guys play in front of me and tonight was a better effort than we’ve had.
“It was a cleaner game than we’ve played recently.”
…The injuries are piling up again, but the Red Wings refuse to look at that as an excuse.
“A lot of the guys out right now are big leaders we look to for scoring,” forward Drew Miller said.