Viktor Stalberg back to bench?

Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg might be headed back to the bench for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins, coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday.

"It's how it is sometimes," Stalberg said. "Sometimes you really go through struggles. At the same, it's tough when you're playing eight minutes a night to do something. Being a productive player in the regular season, it's tough sometimes when you don't get the ice time you're used to. You have to change your game up a bit. Sometimes it doesn't work the way you want it to."

Stalberg missed just one game in the regular season, notching nine goals and five assists in 47 games.

"I think I've been doing what I've been asked to. If they want some more toughness in this first game here, so be it," Stalberg said. "I can't affect that at this point. All I can do is work hard, show them I'm ready to play if need be. Hopefully, I'll get another chance this year because I think I can make a difference."

Brandon Bollig could replace the speedy winger in the lineup, Quenneville said. Bollig skated on the fourth line at practice with Michael Frolik and Marcus Kruger.

"Obviously provide that physical presence and that security for some of the more skilled guys to play their games and hopefully make them feel a little more safe, that's obviously what I'm going to do," Bollig said. "That's been my role my whole professional career. That's something I'm still looking to doing. That's obviously why I would be in the lineup [in Game 1.] I'm not looking to change too much, keep it simple and play my role."

The Blackhawks' lines during Tuesday's practice were Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa; Bryan Bickell, Michal Handzus and Patrick Kane; Brandon Saad, Dave Bolland and Andrew Shaw; and Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Michael Frolik.

Stalberg was benched for the first two games of the Western semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings, which the Hawks split. He has three assists in 15 playoff games.

"We'll see," Quenneville said. "It was just practice today. There's a likelihood, a probability that could happen. And they played well together, that line [of Bollig, Marcus Kruger, Michael Frolik], all year long. It could happen."

Former Blackhawks great and NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick criticized Quenneville at the time for benching Stalberg, one of the fastest skaters in the league, calling it a "big mistake."

Bollig played in three playoff games in the Hawks' opening round against the Minnesota Wild and has not scored a point. Bollig provides a more physical presence than Stalberg, which may appeal to Quenneville more against the rugged Bruins.

ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers and Jesse Rogers contributed to this story.