In Red Wings Land
That gives Mantha 19 goals, with seven games remaining. While it’s very unlikely he’ll reach 30 goals, 20 is certainly attainable.
Mantha was asked if 20 goals is a satisfying plateau.
“No, it’s not,” Mantha told reporters after Saturday night’s game. “I’ve had ups and down this year, but I had to focus a little more on the downs and try to build off of that for next year – and try to be an even better player next year.”
Good for Anthony Mantha. It’s nice reading that it appears he’s never satisfied. A 20-goal season is good, but why settle for that? I look forward to the day — and it will come eventually — that Mantha scores a very, very, very big playoff goal for the Red Wings.
Around the League
As the NHL and NHLPA continue to discuss extending the current divisional playoff format beyond this season — which is almost certain to happen, on a one-year basis — there seems to be some growing unrest among players about how well it’s working overall.
Let’s go back to the old 1-8 format where the division winners get the top seeds.