DETROIT, May 22 (UPI) -- Detroit winger Johan Franzen has been cleared to resume skating before the Red Wings face Pittsburgh in the NHL's Stanley Cup Final starting Saturday.
The top goal-scorer in this season's playoffs missed the final five games in the Western Conference Final against Dallas because of concussion-like symptoms.
"We're optimistic," Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said during a conference call Thursday afternoon. "He's doubtful for Game 1, but we've spoken to the doctors and have been notified that he's been cleared to start practicing (Friday) with our team, so we'll see how it goes."
Before his was sidelined, the right wing complained of headaches early in Detroit's second-round sweep of Colorado.
Despite his injury woes, Franzen has 12 goals and 15 points in 11 post-season games. The 12 goals established a franchise playoff record.