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Looking For A Strong Finish From Anthony Mantha Plus A Look At Dmytro Timashov

03/03/2020 at 6:39am EST

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Anthony Mantha scored the Detroit Red Wings’ lone goal Monday, had a couple of other excellent chances and was their most dangerous player in a 2-1 loss to Colorado.

He has had a decent season with 15 goals and 33 points in 40 games. It might have been a career year if he hadn’t missed 28 games with two significant injuries (knee, punctured lung)....

As the Red Wings wrap up a miserable season, they hope Mantha, who still has much untapped potential, can finish strong and continue to build confidence.

“Until he got hurt, he was excellent,” Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. “Then he got hurt, then he got hurt again right away and just never kind of made his way back. I think it’s really important that he finishes strong and continues to take steps in the right direction.

“There’s a lot of pressure on those guys that we’re wanting to become go-to, elite-type players. I think (Dylan Larkin) has dealt with that since Day One, kind of, and Mantha’s dealing with that as we go and that just means you got to be great every night. Part of that is confidence and stepping on the ice and believing you’re better than the guy you’re going up against next. I think Mantha, if he can have a good finish, it can help him that way.”

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

In the coming days, the Detroit Red Wings hope to get to know their newest teammate a bit better.

They have time to practice with forward Dmytro Timashov before hosting the Chicago Blackhawks Friday, as March begins at a much more leisurely pace than February’s crammed schedule.

Timashov has commuted from Toronto to play for the Wings now in two games since being claimed off waivers Feb. 24, but an immigration visa prevented him from coming to Detroit until Monday afternoon....

“He’s playing pretty good,” Anthony Mantha said after scoring his 15th goal of the season. “He’s winning his battles, he’s trying to be physical for how big he is. He brings a different aspect. I think he has a little confidence going for him, so hopefully he can spread that around the dressing room.”

With 15 victories in 68 games, the Wings will take any help they can. Timashov, 5-foot-10 and 192 pounds, was discarded by the Maple Leafs after three seasons with their minor-league team, and he had nine points in 39 games in a Leafs uniform this season. When he became available, Wings general manager Steve Yzerman took a no-risk gamble.

“He does have good offensive sense, he’s got good hands,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “I think he could help us in those areas as long as he stays real accountable defensively. He’s got the ability to be physical, and I think if he can keep that up and be accountable defensively, he’s a guy you could move up and down the lineup and can find different roles.”

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