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Anthony Mantha Knows What He Needs To Do To Improve His Game

10/22/2018 at 12:40pm EDT

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

"Probably been skating. That's the main key," Mantha said. "I haven't been battling as hard as I wanted, so that's the biggest thing right now."

Mantha has one goal and two assists, with team-worst minus-11 rating, in eight games. That's why the Detroit Red Wings' leading goal-scorer from a year ago has been removed from the power play, had his ice time trimmed and bumped down to the fourth line.

Consistency has been an issue for the 6-5, 225-pound forward throughout his brief career. He met with coach Jeff Blashill recently in a search for solutions.

"I don't know why it's a recurring theme but it's something we're going to keep working at," Blashill said Monday, prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit). "I think he's a good kid who wants to be a real good player and our job is keep trying to do everything we can to help him get there."

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added 2:06pm, Below, Dana Wakiji of the Wings' website with game day notes.

Mrazek is currently 1-2-1 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .874 save percentage.

"He's been pretty solid," Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He hasn't played a ton yet, we're still kind of going back and forth a little bit. But that's kind of what the plan was. I think he's been stable, which is what we needed."

It will not be the first time Mrazek plays against his former team as he was in net for the Flyers one time last season.

He was pulled midway through the game after allowing three goals on 19 shots in a game the Wings won in a shootout, 5-4.

"I think he's excited about it," Brind'Amour said. "What are you going to say? We know he's going to be ready to play. Now we got to make sure his teammates pick him up."

As to whether Mrazek has the advantage because he knows most of the Wings' shooters or the Wings have the advantage because they know Mrazek's tendencies, Wings coach Jeff Blashill said it depended on both teams.

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