Detroit forward Johan Franzen struggled to score goals through 27 games after he scored five in one game on Feb. 2 against the Ottawa Senators.
The playoffs are a different story.
Franzen has now played 76 playoff games -- nearly a full regular-season equivalent of games -- and added to his numbers with a goal and assist. He now has 36 goals and 70 points in the playoffs with a plus-38 rating.
"You always have something to play for, but it's not the same," he said of the regular season. "We win the games we need to pretty much, but I think lots of guys have been waiting for this night."
There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.
— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp