The Detroit Red Wings have liked Johan Franzen moving from wing to center so much, they're following up with Valtteri Filppula.

Filppula, like Franzen a former center, is getting some test time between Daniel Cleary and Damien Brunner, at least come Thursday against San Jose. Filppula had been a wingman in the top six group, but Drew Miller has been moved up to free Filppula.

"We want to be solid defensively and continue that way," coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday. "But we'd like to generate more offense. We're hoping by doing this, we can generate more offense.

"We feel with Fil and Bruns and Clears, that's a pretty good line. Fil's been a good centerman for us. We like what the Mule is doing, so we're just going to spread our lineup out and go a little bit deeper."

The Wings are looking for more offense after registering just nine goals the last six games. There's certainly potential for this newest grouping to have success: Filppula is a world-class passer, and both Brunner and Cleary love to shoot the puck, though Cleary will have less opportunity to do so as the designated net-front presence.