Mantha has been suspended by the IIHF for one game for a high hit he delivered on Colin White during Tuesday's 3-0 win over the United States at the World Championship tournament, La Presse Canadienne reports. Mantha has been one of Team Canada's best players during the World Championship, racking up seven goals and 12 points in seven contests, so his absence will undoubtedly be felt during Thursday's quarterfinal matchup with Switzerland. If Canada is able to prevail over the Swiss, Mantha will be eligible to return to the lineup for a semifinal game against Russia or the United States on Saturday.
Mantha finished with 48 points this season, which matched his total from the 2017-18 campaign. The net-front scorer finished with one more goal (25) and a single assist shy (23) in comparison to last year's totals, though he mirrored his shooting percentage of 12.6. However, his rate of productive spiked, as he still matched that third-year plateau despite appearing in 13 fewer contests due to a broken hand that required surgery in December. Mantha's best stretch took place late in the season, as he poured on seven goals and just as many helpers over a six-game span playing alongside Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi. If Mantha continues to adapt and learns how to be more consistent on a game-to-game basis, then it wouldn't be a stretch to think that he could be relied upon as a No. 2 fantasy forward in season-long leagues.
Mantha scored the Red Wings' only goal in a 7-1 loss to the Sabres on Saturday. The goal was his 25th of the season. Mantha turned his game up to a boil in the last two weeks. He was held off the scoresheet just once in his last eight games and delivered 15 points (eight goals, seven assists). Mantha isn't quite this good, but there sure have been flashes of his great hands. His 48 points in 67 games project to 59 had he skated the full season. Maybe he can put it all together in 2019-20.
Mantha scored a pair of goals, including an empty-netter, on six shots during a 4-1 victory against the Red Wings on Tuesday. The Red Wings have won six straight, and the top line is the sole reason why. During the winning streak, Mantha has seven goals and 14 points with a plus-10 rating. It looked like for a long time that Mantha wasn't going to match his numbers from last season, but because of this surge, he's now poised to set new career bests despite missing a chunk of the season. Mantha has 24 goals and 47 points in 65 games.
Mantha racked up three goals (two on the power play), two assists and eight shots in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Bruins. Mantha tormented Bruins goalie Jaroslav Halak, scoring all three goals to counter the Bruins' offense before assisting on the final two tallies of the game. Mantha improved to 22 goals and 23 helpers in 64 outings. He's recorded 12 power-play points and 185 shots as well, and his point-per-game pace of 0.70 is the best of his career.
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