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Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Addresses recent slump
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.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Givani Smith: Sent to taxi squad
Smith was sent down to the taxi squad after Sunday's tilt with the Blackhawks.
Smith tallied three hits and a minus-1 rating in 10:56 of ice time in his season debut Sunday. The 22-year-old forward recorded just three points in 21 games with Detroit last season and should continue mostly serving as an injury replacement moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Taro Hirose: Shuffled to taxi squad
Hirose was demoted to the taxi squad after Sunday's game against Chicago.
Hirose recorded two shots on goal in just over 15 minutes of ice time in his season debut. The 24-year-old winger is mostly an insurance depth forward for Detroit right now. However, if Darren Helm (undisclosed) misses more time, Hirose could be in line for a regular lineup spot.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Filip Hronek: Nabs two power-play helpers
Hronek picked up two power-play assists in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Chicago.
The third-year blueliner has been seeing big minutes with the man advantage to begin the season, but Sunday's helpers were his first power-play points. Hronek has four points, all assists, through six games as he looks to take another step forward after posting career-best numbers last year.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi: Lights lamp twice in loss
Bertuzzi scored two power-play goals in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Chicago.
The 25-year-old supplied all the offense on the afternoon for Detroit, but it wasn't anywhere near enough. Bertuzzi is seeing career highs in ice time both at even strength and with the man advantage to begin the season, and he has three goals and five points through six games as he looks to record his third straight 20-goal campaign.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jonathan Bernier: Buried by Chicago
Bernier made 29 saves in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Chicago.
It's hard to fault the 32-year-old netminder for the final result, as Detroit's defense left Bernier hanging out to dry most of the afternoon. After two wins in two starts to begin the season he's had his first stumble, sending his save percentage tumbling to .889.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Darren Helm: Sitting out Sunday
Helm (undisclosed) isn't in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Blackhawks.
Helm came into the contest questionable after he made his season debut Friday against Chicago. The specifics of the absence remain unclear, as he was recently cleared from the league's COVID-19 protocols. Recent call-ups Givani Smith and Taro Hirose will enter the lineup in Helm's stead Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jonathan Bernier: Patrolling blue paint Sunday
Bernier will guard the road cage in Sunday's matchup against the Blackhawks.
Bernier accounts for both of the Red Wings' wins this year, while Thomas Greiss has yet to win his first game with the team. While he's played just two games, Bernier has recorded a .927 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA. Meanwhile, the Blackhawks have averaged 2.6 goals per game this season.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Riley Barber: Jumps to taxi squad
Barber was recalled to the taxi squad Sunday.
Barber will join the big club as a depth option because both Sam Gagner and Filip Zadina are in COVID-19 protocol. He'll need to be activated from the taxi squad before he can make his Red Wings debut.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Filip Zadina: Sidelined again Sunday
Zadina (COVID-19 protocols) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against Chicago, NHL.com reports.
Zadina was added to the league's protocol list ahead of Friday's game against the Blackhawks, and he's set to miss his second straight game. The 21-year-old still doesn't have a timeline for a return, but he won't be able to practice or travel with the team until he's cleared. With Darren Helm (undisclosed) questionable, recent call-ups Taro Hirose and Givani Smith could earn a spot in the lineup Sunday.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Jon Merrill: Still missing action
Merrill (COVID-19 protocols) isn't expected to suit up in Sunday's game against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Merrill missed Friday's game after he was placed on the protocol list Thursday, and he still doesn't have a clear timetable for a return. With Merrill sidelined, Alex Biega could stay in the lineup as the team's seventh defensemen for Sunday's clash.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Sam Gagner: Not suiting up Sunday
Gagner (COVID-19 protocol) won't play in Sunday's matchup against the Blackhawks, NHL.com reports.
Gagner will miss a second straight game as he works through the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Filip Zadina is in the same boat, so the Red Wings promoted Taro Hirose and Givani Smith from the taxi squad for Sunday's game.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Givani Smith: Promoted from taxi squad
Smith was called up from the taxi squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Blackhawks.
Smith will be on hand as extra insurance in case Darren Helm (undisclosed) is deemed unfit to play, but then again, the Wings might be inclined to roll with Smith's fellow taxi-squad member Taro Hirose. If Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill ultimately wants more physicality in the lineup, then Smith is the man for the job.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Taro Hirose: Called up from taxi squad
Hirose was recalled from the taxi squad ahead of Sunday's matinee against the Blackhawks.
The Red Wings could be without veteran Darren Helm (undisclosed) in the upcoming contest, so Hirose is in line to make his season debut. An undrafted winger, Hirose saw limited action with the parent club in 2019-20, adding a pair of goals and five assists through 26 contests.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Darren Helm: Considered questionable
Helm (undisclosed) is considered questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Blackhawks.
Helm made his season debut Friday against Chicago after missing the first four games of the season due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, registering two hits in 9:22 of ice time, so he may just be dealing with some soreness ahead of Sunday's rematch. Another update on the 34-year-old forward should be released prior to puck drop against the Hawks.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Darren Helm: Two hits in season debut
Helm (COVID-19 protocols) had two hits in 9:22 during Friday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
The veteran forward's 13 shifts were the lowest among all Red Wings skaters. Helm should give the Red Wings a boost in penalty killing and physicality, as he had 88 hits in 68 contests last year. Most fantasy managers can pass on the 34-year-old, as Helm likely won't play above the third line in 2020-21.... See More ... See Less
Red Wings' Frans Nielsen: Gathers helper
Nielsen recorded an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Blackhawks.
Nielsen had the secondary assist on a Dylan Larkin goal in the third period. That counted as helpers in consecutive games for the 36-year-old, who has mostly seen fourth-line usage. The veteran forward has two helpers, five shots and a plus-2 rating in four appearances.... See More ... See Less
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