CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg likely will play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Detroit Red Wings after being a healthy scratch in the first two games, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday.
Stalberg practiced with the third line during Sunday’s practice at the United Center. He was taken out of the lineup for the series’ first two games after playing in 47 of 48 regular-season games and in all five of the team’s first-round playoff games. He had nine goals and 14 assists in the regular season and one assist against the Minnesota Wild in the first round.
After Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Red Wings in Chicago, which evened the series at 1-1 with Game 3 coming up in Detroit on Monday, Quenneville thought Stalberg’s speed could give the Blackhawks a boost.
“I think that’s one of his strengths -- his quickness and his speed, be it off the rush, loosening up coverage, going wide on D, maybe getting some entries on his own,” Quenneville said. “I thought he improved his play this year. When we talk about [the] decision not to play [him], we had a tough decision with [Dave Bolland] coming back in. Nice to see [Stalberg] back in there [at practice] with the option, and that [third] line playing together, which has been fairly consistent and pretty effective for most of the year. I think we can use his speed.”