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Blackhawks’ Stalberg to be a healthy scratch for Game 1

May 15, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

Viktor Stalberg

Chicago forward Viktor Stalberg will indeed be a healthy scratch tonight when his Blackhawks host the Red Wings in Game 1 of their second-round series.

‘Hawks bench boss Joel Quenneville called it a “coach’s decision.”

On Monday, Stalberg wore a white jersey and didn’t skate with any of Chicago’s top four lines during practice.

The 27-year-old speedster had just one assist in five games versus the Wild in the first round of the playoffs.

Update: “A source told the Tribune that Stalberg questioned his lack of ice time on the power play with coaches. The winger averaged 11 seconds per game with the Hawks on the man advantage against the Wild in the first round.”

Dan Carcillo will reportedly remain in the lineup. The 28-year-old physical forward played limited minutes during Games 4 and 5 against Minnesota.

Related: Dave Bolland back in ‘Hawks lineup for Game 1 vs. Detroit

  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Dan Carcillo is playing? Detroit fans will be happy about this, he’s a useless hockey player who can hand the other team a W single-handedly. It’s the playoffs, Carcillo shouldn’t be dressed vs this Red Wings team.

    • no - May 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

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    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      I could take or leave Carcillo’s presence in the lineup. He’s not a good player, but he’s not a total liability either. As mentioned in the article, Stalberg wasn’t doing much himself and apparently he’s openly complaining about it. That’s pretty irritating to hear this time of year.

      One (possibly weak) justification I could see for leaving Carcillo in the lineup is to go out there and mix it up with the Wings a bit. Detroit doesn’t take a lot of penalties, so perhaps he can get under somebody’s skin and cause a man advantage or two.

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 15, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        Exactly, Detroit doesn’t take many penalties, so most likely it will be Carcillo going off for 2 alone. And yes he is a liability.

  2. comeonnowguys - May 15, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    I don’t get this, then again, maybe that’s why I’m not paid to fill the lines. At least the Chicago Blackhawk Dan Carcillo Era is nearing its merciful end.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      Unfortunately it’s not ending – yet anyway. He signed a 2 year extension in March 2012. Chicago will get extra PK time (thanx to him) next season too. That is unless he’s traded, but I can’t see many teams lining up to get him. I understand Q’s sending a message, & I like it. But I’d rather see Smith or Hayes get a shot over the CarBomb.

  3. charliereno - May 15, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Stalberg should be providing speed and scoring. He didn’t do the latter. If he complained, it makes him look even worse. Carcillo always provides speed and energy (albeit with a possibility for dumbassery at times). I’ve got no problem with this, with the hopes that Stalberg realizes that he’s not doing anything to keep his roster spot and needs to pick up his game.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - May 16, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      Exactly. It’s not like they sat down a productive player in favor of Carcillo. I don’t get why anybody would think this is a big deal.

  4. r8rbhawk - May 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    I don’t like this move at all

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