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Mantha hurt in first period in New Jersey

Wings forward leads team with 23 points in 24 games

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

NEWARK -- The Detroit Red Wings have already been hit pretty hard by the injury bug this season.

After losing forward Adam Erne in the morning skate, the Wings lost another forward in the first period against New Jersey at the Prudential Center.

The team cannot afford to lose anyone and certainly can't afford to lose their leading scorer, Anthony Mantha.

Early in the second, the Wings announced that Mantha would not return to the game.

"I don't have a further update except he definitely won't play (Sunday)," Wings coach Jeff Blashill said after the game. "He'll be out for a little bit of time. I'll have more (Sunday). Lower body."

Mantha had just three shifts for 3:03, recording one shot.

"He's a huge part of our team, huge part of our offense, huge part of our line, so anytime you lose a guy like that it's tough," Dylan Larkin said after the game. "No one is going to feel sorry for you. You have to play the game, play (Sunday) night and find a way to produce."

Mantha has 12 goals and 11 assists, leading Detroit with 23 points in 24 games.

Mantha's linemate, Tyler Bertuzzi, is second with 22 points (10-12-22).

The Wings are already without forward Justin Abdelkader and defensemen Danny DeKeyser, Trevor Daley and Mike Green.

Detroit came into Saturday's game having lost 85 man-games.

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