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Mantha Back In Front Of The Net On The Power Play

from Dana Wakiji of the Wings website,

In Monday's morning skate, it was Mantha back at the net when his unit with Dylan Larkin, Martin Frk, Bertuzzi and Mike Green worked on the power play.

"I think when you have Frk on the power play, you've got a real flank shooter there," Blashill said. "Part of Larkin's growth has been leaving him on the half-wall and letting him learn that position. You've got Z (Henrik Zetterberg) on another half-wall and Double-A (Andreas Athanasiou) on a half-wall. Those half-wall spots are filled up.

"Mantha, I was real reticent to take him off the net front to be dead honest with you, because that's an area where I think he's really grown, really learned to understand the goals that are there to be had there. He's one of the best guys at it. So that's why."

It won't be an easy task to score on the power play against the Sharks.

They have not allowed a man-advantage goal in the last seven games and have the league's best penalty kill at 84.7 percent.

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Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In the aftermath of the Tomas Tatar trade, Bertuzzi has made himself at home with a bigger role, and hinted at goals to come. He’s brought his hard-nosed style of play onto Henrik Zetterberg’s line, and looked good doing it.

“You can see how well he’s playing away from the puck,” veteran forward Frans Nielsen said Monday. “Bert plays a hard game, he goes to the net, and he competes hard. He’s taken huge steps this year. You can see his game coming around now and you can see what kind of player he’s hopefully going to develop into.

“He’s one of those players we need in here. We have a lot of young guys who are very skilled, but he really has that other dimension to his game that’s important, too, like going where it hurts.”

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/12/18 at 06:24 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Bertuzzi gets more minutes, then makes a bigger impact.


Posted by ilovehomers on 03/12/18 at 06:46 PM ET

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