Viktor Stalberg trying to get more physical for Hawks
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org March 18, 2011 12:20AM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
DALLAS — When you have the type of speed Viktor Stalberg has, the potential for mayhem and pressure in the attacking zone increases — if the player makes it a priority.
Stalberg is trying to do as much of that as he can on the Blackhawks’ fourth line.
‘‘In the beginning of the year, I kind of did that,” he said. ‘‘But playing with [Patrick] Kane and [Jonathan] Toews [earlier this season], you kind of get away from it a little bit. But I’ve got to remember, too, that that’s what makes me successful as a player. I’ve got to be hard to play against. I’ve got to use my body. I’m a pretty big guy.’’
Stalberg said he must maintain that consistent level of physical play, especially in his current role. Opponents are taking notice.
‘‘I probably won’t knock anyone down too much, but I’ve got to finish my check and make sure we’re coming every time and make their defensemen watch over their shoulders one more time,’’ Stalberg said. ‘‘Little things like that can create a lot of opportunities for other guys, too.’’
Coach Joel Quenneville said he has seen a difference in Stalberg’s approach recently.
‘‘He’s been more involved physically,’’ Quenneville said. ‘‘He seems like he has more of the puck now. He’s a threat coming in off the wing and taking it to the net. But he is a lot more engaged physically, both with and without the puck.’’
Quenneville said nothing had changed regarding the statuses of defenseman Brian Campbell (left foot) and center Dave Bolland (concussion).
Quenneville said there is an ‘‘outside chance’’ Campbell will join the Hawks this weekend for their game Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Winger Bryan Bickell also sat out against the Stars because of an illness, leaving the Hawks one player short. Defenseman Chris Campoli sat out the morning skate but played in the game.
The Hawks announced that single-game tickets for the first two rounds of the 2011 playoffs will go on sale at 11 a.m. Monday. The tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.