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Nashville Predators assistant coach Kevin McCarthy believes bench boss Peter Laviolette can get more out of Viktor Stalberg and Colin Wilson.

"Guys like Stalberg and Wilson can learn from that offensive system that we use," McCarthy said. "It's basically a lot of hard work and precision and doing things at the right time. You need to have skill for that, and they certainly have it." Stalberg accounted for just eight goals and 18 points in 70 games in his first season with the Predators.

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Viktor Stalberg will play in Chicago for the first time since signing with the Nashville Predators.

"You miss Chicago, it's a great place and you miss the guys there," Stalberg said. "You move on and you have to do what you have to do. I had a great time here. There's no taking away that. It's a great time to leave with winning (the 2013 Stanley Cup), and having that memory with those guys and that group over the last couple of years." Stalberg joined Nashville hoping to play a bigger role than the one he had in Chicago. Instead, his playing time has actually gone down to an average of 13:05 minutes per game this season. He has just seven goals and 16 points in 55 contests.

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Viktor Stalberg scored a goal in his return to the lineup on Saturday.

Stalberg missed five straight games with an upper-body injury. He's not going to the Olympics, so he'll have a few weeks to rest any lingering injury issues he might still have.

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Viktor Stalberg (upper body) said he's back in the lineup Saturday night.

He has been sidelined since Jan. 24 due to an upper-body ailment. Stalberg has been a disappointment for the Predators so far this season, with only six goals and 15 points in 47 games this season.

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Viktor Stalberg (upper body) participated in a full practice Tuesday.

He might be ready to return on Thursday after sitting out four games with an upper-body injury.

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Viktor Stalberg (upper body) will not be available on Tuesday.

It will be the second straight game that Stalberg has been sidelined for. The Predators signed him to a four-year/$12 million contract over the summer with the hope that he would bolster their top-six. Instead he's scored just six goals and 15 points in 47 contests this season.

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Viktor Stalberg sat out Sunday's game with an upper-body injury.

He has recorded only six goals and 15 points in 47 games this season. Consider him day-to-day for now.

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Viktor Stalberg ended a seven-game goalless drought Thursday night.

He had just 11:45 of ice time in the contest, which is below his meager average of 13:24. Stalberg has not been productive for the Predators this season, with only five goals and 12 points in 35 outings.

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With four points in his past five games -- his best run of the season -- Viktor Stalberg is beginning to produce the way the Nashville Predators thought he could when they signed him to a four-year contract in the summer.

"He has the ability to break games open," Predators forward Eric Nystrom said. "With him, I think it's just about confidence and just knowing what he is good at and using that to his ability. I think he has been skating really well, and when he breaks, he can flat out fly. When he got that opportunity (Saturday in a 3-2 win against San Jose), he made the right play. He took a shot, and he's a shooter." Stalberg said he's "feeling better and better. Obviously getting more chances out there, too. I think overall my game is a lot better."

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Viktor Stalberg notched a goal and an assist for the Predators in their 3-2 win against the Sharks on Saturday night.

Despite four points over his last five games, Stalberg is not really worth keeping an eye on in fantasy leagues. He has just four goals and 10 points, with a minus-six rating and 14 penalty minutes this season. Eric Nystrom and Roman Josi potted the other goals for Nashville.