Mantha Off IR, Could Make Return For Capitals vs. Ducks
Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha has come off the injured reserve and could potentially return against the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
As the Washington Capitals prepare to take on the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday with a lot of pieces missing following numerous pre-deadline trades, Anthony Mantha could be ready to make his return to the lineup.
Mantha is no longer listed on the injured reserve, and the Capitals have not made any additional recalls. He is one of just 13 forwards remaining on the roster after the team traded Marcus Johansson on Tuesday and Lars Eller on Wednesday.
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There are 22 total skaters left on the roster following a number of trades made over the last six days. The 2023 NHL Trade Deadline is on Friday at 3 p.m. ET.
Mantha has missed the last three games and has been out since suffering an upper-body injury on Feb. 21 against the Detroit Red Wings. It's unclear what caused the injury, but he did go down hard after taking a big hit into the boards from Moritz Seider near the end of the first period.
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The 28-year-old skated on Tuesday in a non-contact jersey. Washington held an optional morning skate on Wednesday, so it remains to be seen if he will draw back in.
Through 54 games this season, Mantha has nine goals and 15 assists, along with 60 hits, 19 blocks and a +/- rating of minus-7.