CHICAGO – Viktor Stalberg’s play in the first round of Chicago’s series with the Minnesota Wild has been called out by his coach.
Now, the winger doesn’t know his status for the opener tonight against the Wings.
“I don’t really have anything to say about it,” Stalberg said after practice Tuesday. “Ask Q.”
His coach, Joel Quenneville, didn’t shed much light on Stalberg’s status.
“Stay ready,” Quenneville said. “Stay ready. Nobody said he’s out of the lineup, but make decisions tough on us. They’ll all know where they stand. We’ll address the situation when the time is right.”
Over the last number of practices, Stalberg has not practiced with any of the Blackhawks’ top four lines.
After having nine goals and 14 assists during the regular season, Stalberg managed just one assist against the Wild in five games.
“We won 4-1, right? So, that’s good,” Stalberg said when asked about his assessment of the series with the Wild. “At times in the series we might not have been as good as we wanted to be, but we still come out 4-1. Sometimes it’s two teams that needs to pick the tempo up, as well. I think we did what we were supposed to do. We could’ve been better at times, but that’s just how it goes.”
Stalberg had a goal and two assists in four meetings with the Wings this year and seven shots on goal.
“Guys get up for those games,” Stalberg said. “We play well against them. It’s been some tight games against them. I know we won (the series) 4-0 this year but three of the games were a one-goal game or overtime, so we know we’re in for a battle here and we’re going to do everything we can to prepare for that.”