from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Anthony Mantha already has a jump on his goals as the Detroit Red Wings play out the remainder of their lost season.
He faces his second game since a long injury layoff Thursday at New Jersey having pocketed two points in his comeback. Mantha is a key figure in the rebuild, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound winger with power forward capabilities. He spent seven weeks recovering from a punctured lung and other injuries after a pre-Christmas fracas, and is determined to maximize the remaining eight weeks of the season.
“Play great hockey for 20-something games,” Mantha said Tuesday at KeyBank Center. “For me, maybe a goal would be a point-a-game until the end of the season. That’s personal. But getting a couple wins together for next year and things like that would be great.”...
“He played a great game,” Dylan Larkin said. “He’s a big body for us. He moves his feet really well. For a guy that’s missed that much time, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone come back and look like they haven’t missed a beat. You could tell the past seven weeks when he’s been out, he’s done everything to give him a chance and be ready for his first game back.”