Mantha produced a power-play goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Blue Jackets. Even after Mantha's five-hole strike on the man advantage, Detroit ranks 30th in the league in power-play percentage (9.9). The brawny winger has been under fire for his lack of footwork, and Mantha going eight straight games without any points didn't help matters, though he does have some positive momentum heading into Thursday's road clash with the Hurricanes.
Mantha scored a goal on three shots and was plus-3 in a 4-2 win over the Predators on Saturday. Mantha led a 2-on-1 rush with just over five minutes left in the third period and went top shelf on Juuse Saros, giving the Red Wings a 4-1 lead. It was Mantha's fifth goal and ninth point of the season, tying him for the team lead in both categories. The 26-year-old scored 16 times in 43 games last season following back-to-back 20-goal campaigns.
Mantha will play in Tuesday's game versus the Panthers. Mantha served as a healthy scratch in Sunday's win over the Panthers, but he's back in action Tuesday. The 26-year-old registered seven points and 30 shots on net over the first 12 games of the year. He's slated to play on the third line, flanking Vladislav Namestnikov on the opposite side of Darren Helm.
Mantha's absence in Sunday's game against the Panthers was a coach's decision, Ted Kulfan of The Detroit News reports. Mantha is among the team's scoring leaders with four goals and seven points in 12 games this season. It's unclear why he was scratched or if he'll be back in the lineup for Tuesday's rematch with Florida.
Mantha (undisclosed) isn't in the projected lineup for Sunday's clash against the Panthers. The Red Wings are expected to roll with rookie Givani Smith on the top line rather than Mantha, who isn't even listed on the projected lineup chart from the team. Mantha's omission from the lineup makes us wonder whether he's dealing with an injury, but it's also conceivable that he's been rendered a healthy scratch, as coach Jeff Blashill recently expressed concern for the power winger's lack of hustle.
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