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Anthony Mantha As We Hoped For

from Gregg Krup a of the Detroit News,

His quick-strike, unassisted goal in the first period against the Washington Capitals tied the game and provided strong evidence that when his feet are in motion Mantha is an effective power forward.

His two games since returning from injury suggest he intends to play that way.

The big Red Wings forward hurt his hand fighting Dec. 2. He missed 15 games precisely at a point in his development when he produced consecutively several strong performances.

Mantha made plays all over the ice, more frequently. His skating put him in positions to have more impact.

His nine goals through 27 games suggested the potential for a 25-goal season.

Amid hopes for improvement, he was more continually engaged.

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