DETROIT -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg will play in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday after being a healthy scratch in the first two games.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wouldn't reveal which player Stalberg would replace in the lineup following Monday's morning skate. Quenneville said forward Michal Handzus would also play Monday despite not skating with any of the top four lines during the morning practice. Quenneville said "we'll see" when asked whether Daniel Carcillo would play.
Stalberg played 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.
Stalberg said Monday he looked forward to getting another opportunity to play, but he didn't want to alter his game.
"I'll try to stay the same," Stalberg said. "Obviously, you're excited to get back in, and you always want to play. It's simple as that. No question about it. Maybe a little hungrier. I don't think it makes too much of a difference. I think I want to continue playing the same way I have all year."
Quenneville's decision to switch the lineup comes after a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings in Chicago on Saturday. The Red Wings evened the series at 1-1.
Quenneville said Sunday he 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."
Carcillo has played in the past four playoff games after being a healthy scratch in the first three games against the Wild. He has one assist and a plus-2 rating in four games. He has averaged 6:41 of ice time in the four games.
The Blackhawks' top four lines during Monday's morning skate were Marian Hossa-Jonathan Toews-Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp-Dave Bolland-Patrick Kane, Stalberg-Andrew Shaw-Bryan Bickell and Carcillo-Marcus Kruger-Michael Frolik. Handzus skated with a fifth line.