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I'd be surprised to see Mantha involved in a fight tonight.


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Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

The Wings called up rookie defenseman Filip Hronek from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins Saturday with the intention of playing him Sunday, which Blashill confirmed would be the case.

However, Blashill did not say which defenseman Hronek would replace in the lineup.

Blashill took goaltender Jimmy Howard out in the third period of Saturday’s game when the Flyers scored their fifth goal, opening up the possibility Howard could start again.

“I’d say anything’s a possibility,” Blashill said. “We played at 1 and we play at 6 so I’d say everything’s on the table and after warmups, you’ll see what our lineup is….

Since the Wings claimed center Jacob de la Rose off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 17, de la Rose has become a mainstay in the Wings’ lineup, usually as the fourth-line center.

But when Nielsen missed Saturday’s game, de la Rose centered Thomas Vanek and Anthony Mantha, which left the Darren Helm-Luke Glendening-Andreas Athanasiou line intact.

“He’s been a good player for us,” Blashill said. “He’s done a really good job on the penalty kill, he’s a very good, sound defensive player. I would say at times too defensive and too passive and that’s one thing we’ve tried to work is getting him a little more aggressive, both from taking time and space away and from being willing to attack more offensively. I think he’s made his way into the league as a real good defensive player but he’s got lots of skill.

“We just want to see that skill unleashed a little bit more. But with that said, he’s a guy who has played with real good players, played with (Filip) Forsberg and (Viktor) Arvidsson at the world championships. That was one of the reasons we liked him is he had the skill and the mind to be able to play with real good players but he’s a real good defensive player.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/17/19 at 06:07 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Hey Philly….it’s not 1974…and you’re no longer the Broad Street Bullies ...in fact it’s been 40+ years since neanderthals skated on NHL ice…..

Posted by Down River Dan on 02/17/19 at 06:22 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Mantha deserves at least a fine.

Posted by ilovehomers on 02/17/19 at 06:37 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Well I was right about Mantha not fighting… for 53 seconds.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/17/19 at 07:17 PM ET

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