Mantha, who was held without a point and went minus-2 in a 6-2 defeat to the Blackhawks on Sunday, admitted that he needs to improve his play, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. "I think it's just a matter of getting my feet moving again, being intense in battles, and everything is going to line-up from there," Mantha said.
Expectations for Mantha are quite high after he was granted a four-year, $22.8 million contract extension last November. The 6-foot-5, 234-pound winger reportedly isn't moving his feet enough to satisfy coach Jeff Blashill, who suggested that a lack of checking has limited Mantha's opportunities to control the puck. Inconsistency has been an issue for Mantha since he debuted for Detroit in the 2015-16 season, but it sounds like the net-front skater is cognizant of what he needs to do to pick up the pace.
Mantha netted a power-play goal in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Blue Jackets.
Mantha got the Red Wings on the board in the second period, scoring the equalizer 1:59 after Boone Jenner opened the scoring for the Blue Jackets. The goal was Mantha's first of the year, to go with two assists and eight shots in four contests. In a top-line role, the 26-year-old winger should challenge for the 50-point threshold even in a shortened 56-game campaign.
Mantha recorded an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.
Mantha could be in store for a big season so long as he fends off the injury bug. His top-line assignment with Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi promises to keep him busy in the attacking zone. Last season, Mantha took a sizeable step backward in the scoring department with only 16 goals, but he registered 22 assists to make it three straight years of at least 20 apples in a given campaign.
Mantha suggested that he'll try to avoid fighting in games this season, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. "I'm going to try not to drop the gloves, that's for sure," Mantha said.
Mantha is a brute force at 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, but the 20th overall draft pick from 2013 has suffered hand injuries in the not-so-distant past as the result of fisticuffs, so it'll be important for him to stay healthy and do what he does best: score goals. Last season, Mantha produced 38 points (16 goals, 22 assists) in just 43 games, and it's easy to see him reach the point-per-contest level should he string together a full campaign.
Mantha agreed to terms on a four-year, $22.8 milion contract with Detroit on Tuesday.
Injuries limited Mantha to just 43 games this season, which caused him to miss the 45-point threshold for the first time since 2016-17. If he can stay healthy, the 26-year-old winger should be capable of racking up 20 goals and 50 points in each of the four years of his new contract, especially playing on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit with Dylan Larkin.
Mantha acknowledged that missing 28 games this season -- between a knee injury and punctured lung -- has the potential to complicate contract negotiations as he seeks a long-term extension with the Red Wings this summer, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Mantha had been enjoying a breakout campaign based on his output of 16 goals and 22 assists through 43 games, but he may have to settle for a bridge deal to buy the Wings more time to contemplate his future with the rebuilding franchise. Should GM Steve Yzerman ultimately strike a long-term extension with the burgeoning power forward, it's believed that Mantha could stay in Motown for four or five more years.
Mantha scored a power-play goal and added three even-strength assists in Sunday's 5-4 shootout win over the Lightning.
The Wings' top line was the story of the afternoon -- Mantha, Dylan Larkin and Tyler Bertuzzi accounted for all but one of the team's points. Mantha now has four goals and 13 points through 13 games since returning to the ice from a rib injury a month ago.
Mantha scored a goal on a team-high six shots in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Avalanche.
Mantha accounted for a third of the Red Wings' shots on goal, and he also scored their lone tally. The winger has racked up three goals and four helpers in his last 10 games. He's up to 33 points, 130 shots, 46 hits and a minus-10 rating in 40 contests as one of the leading producers on an anemic offense.
Mantha was the lone goal scorer for the Red Wings in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Wild.
Mantha broke free in the attacking zone and delivered a nasty wrist shot to spoil Alex Stalock's shutout bid. It hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the oft-injured winger this season, but he's still showing marked improvement based on a career-high average of 0.84 points per game.
Mantha managed to set up two goals in Detroit's 4-3 win over Montreal on Tuesday.
Mantha's looked pretty good since returning from a 20-game absence exactly a week ago. Detroit's 20th overall pick from the 2013 draft has compiled five assists in as many games, with a pair of multiple-point efforts springing Mantha's 34-game total to 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) on the season. The Wings don't play again until Friday's road clash with the Islanders.
Mantha recorded two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Sabres.
Out since Dec. 21 due to a rib injury, Mantha rejoined the lineup and immediately provided a spark, setting up Darren Helm for both of Detroit's goals on the night. The 25-year-old Mantha has 12 goals and 26 points through 30 games on the season, and while he alone won't reverse the Wings' fortunes, he should deliver solid fantasy value on the team's No. 1 line.
Mantha (ribs) will play Tuesday versus the Sabres, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Mantha suffered a punctured rib Dec. 21 and hasn't played since, but he'll likely bump into the top six immediately. It'll be a major boost for the Red Wings. Even though he's totaled just 28 games this year, he ranks third on the team in goals (12) and fifth in points (24).
Coach Jeff Blashill said Sunday that he's hopeful for Mantha (ribs) to return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against Buffalo.
Mantha will miss his 18th straight contest Sunday after suffering a punctured lung on a hit from Jake Muzzin on Dec. 21. He's resided on injured reserve since, which has been a tough loss to the lineup, as evidenced by his 24 points over 29 games prior to injury. Expect the official word from the team on Mantha's status prior to puck drop Tuesday.
Mantha relayed that he suffered a punctured lung on a hit from Jake Muzzin on Dec. 21, and he believes he can return in a week or two, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Mantha has already missed 17 games due to the injury, but he's officially aiming to return Feb. 15 against the Bruins. Considering there were concerns about whether he would return at all this season, this is certainly a win for the Red Wings and Mantha's fantasy owners alike. The 25-year-old generated 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) and 95 shots on net over 29 games prior to injury.
Mantha (ribs) is optimistic that he'll return this season, Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press reports.
According to this latest report, Mantha is actively working on drills with assistant coach Dan Bylsma. Detroit's premier power forward hasn't played since Dec. 21, when Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin threw him down to the ice. Mantha produced 12 goals and 12 helpers over 29 games prior to being injured, so it'll be worth monitoring his status carefully in case he returns in time for the fantasy playoffs.
Mantha (ribs) practiced in a non-contact jersey Sunday, Dana Wakiji of the Red Wings' official site reports.
Mantha's projected recovery timeline still has him more than two weeks from getting back on game ice for the first time since suffering his rib injury Dec. 21, but being able to join his teammates at practice is a major step in the right direction. The 25-year-old power forward was on pace for his most productive season yet prior to getting hurt, notching 12 goals and 12 assists through 29 games.
Coach Jeff Blashill said Mantha (ribs) will miss at least another month, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Blashill stopped short of ruling Mantha out for the rest of the season, but that makes the stated month timeline seem optimistic. The Red Wings are well out of playoff contention so there's no need to rush Mantha back until he's 100 percent, but the 25-year-old would be a major boost to the team's struggling offense, as he posted 12 goals and as many assists through 29 games.
Mantha (ribs) hasn't resumed skating and has no timeline for a return, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
Mantha has been out since Dec. 21 with the rib injury, and as evidenced by this news, he could miss even more time following the upcoming All-Star break. The 25-year-old's absence has been a tough loss for the Red Wings, especially considering he's racked up 24 points in 29 games this campaign.
Mantha (upper body) will be sidelined a minimum of four weeks, the team announced Friday.
This news effectively rules Mantha out until after the All-Star break, a stretch of 13 games. The winger was already designated for injured reserve and will see his spot in the lineup go to youngster Filip Zadina. Once cleared to play, the Quebec native should be a lock for a top-six spot, though others could be in danger of getting bumped down if Zadina performs well.
Mantha (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Sunday.
Mantha was already ruled out for Sunday's game against the Coyotes, and he'll be eligible to return for the team's next game Dec. 28 against the Panthers. However, the severity of Mantha's injury is unclear, so we'll have to wait and see whether he'll be ready for that matchup.
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