The Detroit Red Wings will be without Anthony Mantha for the next 4-6 weeks after the forward sustained a hand injury while fighting Colorado Avalanche defenceman Patrik Nemeth during a game on Sunday.
In addition to supporting Mantha for standing up for teammate Dylan Larkin after the latter took a hard hit, Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill confirmed Mantha will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
“He was sticking up for Larkin in that case, who got his head run against the boards … I know this, he’d do it again. And I’m good with him doing it again. I want him to do it again. We want to make sure we’re sticking up for each other,” Blashill told the team’s website.
The 24-year-old has been productive in 27 games, registering nine goals and five assists for Detroit.