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‘Hawks could make Stalberg a healthy scratch

May 13, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

Viktor Stalberg

It appears Viktor Stalberg might be on his way to the press box.

On Monday, the Swedish forward was wearing a white jersey and didn’t skate with any of Chicago’s top four lines during practice, and didn’t exactly get a vote of confidence from Joel Quenneville for playing in Game 1 against Detroit.

“We’ll see,” the ‘Hawks coach told ESPN about Stalberg’s status for the series opener.

Stalberg, 27, had a breakout campaign in the Windy City last season, scoring 22G-21A in 79 games.

He proceeded to post 9G-14A in 47 games this year, but has seen his production taper off significantly during the playoffs.

In the opening round against Minnesota, Stalberg registered just one assist and was called out by Quenneville (along with struggling forward Brandon Saad).

“You don’t always feel like you have to make a play,” Quenneville said. “Use your speed, put it in areas where sometimes it might be for races and try to keep the puck and sometimes have some offensive zone shifts.”

  1. dankpuffalot - May 13, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    He made the pass that helped them win game 1. Some of these coaches needed to dial back the head games and just coach. It’s no wonder they seem to continuously wear out their welcome at every stop.

  2. 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Getting Bolland back likely drops Handzus into the bottom six. If Stalberg’s not performing and Handzus is, he’ll get the minutes. Having that kind of centre depth gives Quenneville those sorts of options.

    • kicksave1980 - May 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      Maybe so, but as much as I like Bolland, he has no business being the second line center. Whether or not Handzus can keep up with the second line is a different debate, but at least he can win face-offs.

  3. hawksin5 - May 13, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I hope he keeps handzus on line 2. Bolland doesn’t belong there 1 bit.

    • comeonnowguys - May 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

      Agreed. I know it’s been tough to measure due to him being banged up all year, but he has been great on the third line in past playoffs.

  4. thehighcountrybear - May 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    The most abused and over-rated term in hockey…


    I remember hearing about all the depth Canucks had in recent years? Hawks supporters are starting to sound a lot like the 2010 and 2011 Canucks supporters…

    True depth is measured by balanced play and scoring across a team’s entire group of skaters. Take your depth theory and work it, in the final analysis, a team had better be able to have secondary scoring from lines three and four as established by team play to date and they better have ability to bring in role players as game by game needs demand because all the guns tend to get shut down by good coaching from the opposition bench.

    Depth, more wind from the windy city…

    • chicagobtech - May 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      Depth and the Chicago Blackhawks:

      In the series against Minnesota, the Blackhawks scored seventeen goals.
      First line – 3 goals
      Second line – 6 goals (2 game winning goals)
      Third line – 5 goals (1 game winning goal)
      Fourth line – 3 goals (1 game winning goal)

      If that’s not depth then I don’t know what is. The real question is how did the Blackhawks production stack up against the Red Wings? It took the Red Wings two additional games (5 vs. 7) and three additional players (19 vs. 22) to score one additional goal (17 vs. 18).

      You can sit there and talk about how you think the Blackhawks are overrated. I’ll sit back, look at the season series for ways the ‘Hawks can improve on their play, and enjoy the games. Knowing that the Blackhawks really have dominated the Red Wings the last few seasons (16-5-1 over the last four) helps. Right now the only part of this series that I have any real concerns about is this Saturday. You see, I’m working for a buddy who is a Red Wings fan. The game is on at noon, right when our day should start ramping up. I may have to put the web feed on to listen to, rather than enjoy the game in the hotel bar.

  5. hammerhead5573 - May 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Hey idiot, yes you bear, in the last series the hawks scored 17 goals, 3 of them by the top line. That means 14 were scored by other lines. If that isn’t depth than I need to know what that true definition is. In the last series all 4 lines played defense while the wild had 2 players playing defense. And by the way the hawks had 13 different different scores with game winning goals in the regular season. Did I mention they went 24 games without a regulation loss? Yup all that equals an over rated team. Go back to playing tennis or playing pocket pool because you obviously have concept of hockey. Idiot

  6. dtownbeatdown - May 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    If you are going by the notion that the 24 games means something come playoff time you are an idiot as well. President trophy means nothing (Unless you are the wings), just take a look at history, congratulations you did the best in the regular season… now lets see “hawky” town back it up. You have a ridiculously good team, don’t get me wrong there is definitely “depth” that consists in the hawks. But the overconfidence is quite ignorant in my opinion. Haven’t won anything yet other then the regular season champs… WOO.

  7. thehighcountrybear - May 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    hammerhead5573 duly quoted:

    ‘Go back to playing tennis or playing pocket pool because you obviously have concept of hockey. Idiot?’

    Tennis…a fine game, hockey players dream of owning the kind of stamina and fitness to compete at the highest level!

    Pocket pool…can’t beat a good scratch when it suits, providing one has something that gets itchy…you?

    Have concept of hockey…? So who’s the idiot idiot?

    • hammerhead5573 - May 13, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Well to this point, I have a combined 8 people in 2 posts who at least in some part agree with what I said, no matter the misspellings or words missed. You have a total of 2 in 2 posts who agree with you. I assume you are one and your mom is the other. So since you asked, I would say you are the idiot. Nice try though.

  8. takingbovadasmoney - May 13, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    ^ huh????

  9. hammerhead5573 - May 13, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    @dtownbeatdown, please tell me where I said they were guaranteed to win anything at all. I was simply stating facts to someone who who claimed the hawks were over rated and questioned their depth. Coming, by the way from someone who is nowhere to be seen when the hawks win a game. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but at least have a clue.

  10. chanceoffleury1 - May 13, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Him and Jussi Jokinen can be each others shoulder to cry on. Sometimes it sucks being on a really good team. A handful of bad games and your watching from the press box in your sunday suit. Once somebody else has a few rough games he’ll get his chance to redeem himself.

  11. thehighcountrybear - May 14, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    For Blackhawk apologists quoting statistics…

    Statistics are precisely what we heard ad nauseam from the 2010 and 2011 Canucks stalwarts…they had little else in retort.

    Scotty Bowman once said it; ‘statistics are for losers’…I rest my case…

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (1890)
  2. P. Kessel (1598)
  3. M. Richards (1359)
  4. N. Backstrom (1167)
  5. M. Giordano (1146)