The Malik Report
by Paul on 03/20/17 at 07:56 AM ET
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Here are five things to watch this week:
Mantha in a funk
Being a healthy scratch for two games last week hasn't sparked Anthony Mantha, who has no points and three shots in three games since returning to the lineup. He has gone five games without a point, playing mainly on a line with Frans Nielsen and Helm.
Mantha flourished on Henrik Zetterberg's wing for much of the season, but Jeff Blashill isn't likely to put the 22-year-old forward back on the first line as long as Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist are producing with Zetterberg.
Tatar's value increasing?
Tatar has eight goals in his past 13 games to become the team's first - and possibly only - 20-goal scorer.
Tatar will be a restricted free agent on July 1 and likely seek a deal similar to or slightly higher than the four-year, $19 million pact Nyquist signed a couple of years ago.
If the Red Wings are able to swing a trade for a top-two or three defenseman in the off-season, they probably would need to include Tatar or Nyquist in the deal. Tatar, especially after this late-season surge, appears to have more trade value.
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