Viktor Stalberg knows why he might not get to play when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night.
That doesn't make the development any easier for him.
Stalberg skated outside the top four lines when Chicago practiced at the United Center on Tuesday, and coach Joel Quenneville also broke up the combination of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane that worked so well at the end of the Western Conference finals.
It looks as if Brandon Bollig will get Stalberg's spot in the lineup for at least Game 1. Bollig, listed at 6-foot-2, 223 pounds, brings a more sizeable presence against the physical Bruins compared to the 6-3, 209-pound Stalberg, who is more of a speed player.
''We'll see,'' Quenneville said. ''Right now it's just practice today, but there's a likelihood or probability that it could happen.''
It's the latest twist in a difficult postseason for Stalberg, who had nine goals and 14 assists in the regular season. He was b...