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Yzerman Has The Final Say On Mantha’s Return

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We just want to make sure we’re putting him in the right position, but he certainly has tested it and feels good about it,” Blashill said. “I anticipate that he’ll play, but until I chat with Steve, I just want to make sure.”

Mantha is eager to return.

“I wouldn’t be saying I was ready to go if I wasn’t,” Mantha said. “It’s still earlyish in the season and I can risk it. I feel perfectly fine, the (test) results are good, and I did off-ice testing (Thursday) and everything was good, so I don’t see a reason why I wouldn’t be in except we’re starting two-in-two (games) these next two days.”...

If Mantha plays Saturday, Blashill said they’ll see how he feels before deciding whether to play him Sunday at home against Los Angeles.

“You don’t love, necessarily, putting him in back-to-back, but we’ve had so many guys out you just love the fact he wants to play,” Blashill said. “Obviously, it’s Montreal. I get it. If he’s sore, we’ll be precautionary....

Blashill said he anticipates Athanasiou returning after missing two games with an undisclosed injury.

Dylan Larkin did not practice Friday, having been sick the past couple of days, but he’ll play Saturday, Blashill said....

Jonathan Ericsson, injured in Thursday’s game, is doubtful for Saturday, but Blashill said, “He’d like to push to try to play, so we’ll see.”

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added 4:13pm, A group interview after today's practice, watch it below.

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