Blackhawks vs. Red Wings: Viktor Stalberg 'likely' for Game 3

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After being scratched in the first two games of the second-round, Viktor Stalberg is 'likely' to play in Game 3 on Monday night.

Chicago Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg could be reinserted into the starting lineup for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinal against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night.

Having been a healthy scratch for the last two games, head coach Joel Quenneville stated that Stalberg was likely playing in Game 3 following practice on Sunday. Quenneville expressed that he was pleased with the way Stalberg had dealt with the demotion and noted improved performance during practices.

Stalberg expressed frustration with not being able to play and stated he plans to play the same way he has throughout the course of this season, via the Chicago Sun-Times:

"I'm not going to change anything. Just keep playing the same way - play hard and be tough to play against. Use my speed to create something out there.''

It remains unclear why Quenneville decided to scratch Stalberg before Game 1. A report from Mark Lazerus of the Sun-Times cited a source who stated the coach and player had a dispute over power play time during the team's quarterfinal series against the Minnesota Wild. Both Quenneville and Stalberg denied the accuracy of the claim.

What also remains unclear is who will be scratched on Monday night. Mark Potash of the Sun-Times speculates that Stalberg could replace either Daniel Carcillo or Michal Handzus. Handzus missed practice on Sunday due to an apparent injury.

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