The Red Wings are hoping this is a sign of things to come.

Johan Franzen, who slumped badly the second half of last season (two goals in last 27 games), scored twice in Monday's intra-squad scrimmage leading, Team Howe to a 6-3 victory over Team Lindsay.

"It's only a scrimmage but it always helps," Franzen said.

Franzen's effectiveness in the playoffs was also compromised because of a twisted left ankle.

Franzen appears healthy and focused on turning his fortunes around.

"You want him to get skating again," Babcock said. "Mule can shoot the puck, we all know that. The more he skates, the better we'll be.

"We need him to be good, a big-time player. He's capable and he understands that. If Mule skates every day, the rest will take care of itself."