from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com,
Before Mantha got hurt, he was playing with Dylan Larkin.
Since that time, Larkin has primarily centered Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist.
On Thursday, Tyler Bertuzzi was with Larkin and Nyquist while Abdelkader skated with Luke Glendening and Darren Helm.
"Bert's a guy who can be a complement player to two skill guys like that," Blashill said. "He's a net-presence guy, he goes and gets pucks, he's very smart defensively, he does a really good job in those ways, he's skilled enough to finish and make a play. I think he can be a real complementary-type player in that situation."
Bertuzzi welcomed the chance for more ice time on the top line.
"Obviously it's something new, just kind of trying to find what's going to jell," Bertuzzi said. "I'm excited to play with Larks and Gus, I played with them a couple times before and it's fun so I'm looking forward to it."
Larkin expects Bertuzzi to be able to get him and Nyquist the puck through winning battles.
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added 5:05pm, Below, videos of Howard and Larkin after today's practice.