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Anthony Mantha's Return Should Help The Offensively Challenged Wings

01/03/2019 at 3:34pm EST

from Ansar Khan,

The Detroit Red Wings should get an offensive boost Friday when Anthony Mantha returns to the lineup against the Nashville Predators at Little Caesars Arena (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

Mantha has missed 15 games with a torn ligament in his right middle finger, suffered in a fight with Colorado’s Patrik Nemeth on Dec. 2.

“I had a seven-day timeline a couple days ago and the finger has just been feeling better, so the doctor gave me the green light last night,” Mantha said. “I needed to get that motion back. I got it way quicker than he thought.

“I’ll try to come back as ready as I was when I got injured and hopefully, I can help the team win.”

Mantha has nine goals and five assists in 27 games. He got off to a bad start but was improving.

“He was playing excellent before he got injured,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “He was shooting the puck, he was moving his feet on a fairly consistent basis, he was pretty consistent in his effort defensively, and if he does those things, he’s a really good hockey player.”

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Also, Wade Megan back to GRG...

added 4:50pm, Watch below as Mantha speaks with the media after practice...

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Wade Megan to the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Megan, 28, has skated in 11 games with the Red Wings this season, notching one point (0-1-1), two penalty minutes, 16 shots on goal, four hits, four blocked shots and a 54.9 faceoff percentage in 7:53 average time on ice. He picked up his first NHL assist and first point with the Red Wings by assisting on Christoffer Ehn’s first NHL goal on Dec. 23 at Toronto. In 15 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Red Wings, Megan has recorded two points (1-1-2) and two penalty minutes. The Canton, N.Y., native has also appeared in 14 games for the Griffins this season, registering seven points (3-4-7), a plus-two rating, 14 penalty minutes and 45 shots on goal. A sixth-year pro, Megan has totaled 160 points (81-79-160), a plus-30 rating and 238 penalty minutes in 340 career AHL games with the San Antonio Rampage, Portland Pirates, Chicago Wolves and Griffins. He was an AHL First-Team All-Star in 2017 with Chicago after winning the Willie Marshall Award for leading the AHL in goals (33).

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