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Stalberg (lower body) was a full participant in practice Tuesday, according to The Tennessean.

Stalberg was officially placed on IR Tuesday and will not play in Thursday's season opener against Ottawa. However, the fact that he's now fully taking part in practice is a very good sign. His timetable for return remains at 1-2 weeks, so look for him to possibly rejoin the lineup Oct. 14 against Calgary.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, according to the Predators' official website.

The good news is, Stalberg has been skating with the team, which means he could be close to a return. Now that he's on the IR, the earliest he could rejoin the lineup would be Oct. 14 against Calgary. In the meantime, keep him on your fantasy bench until you see his name in a boxscore.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg (lower body) skated with the team Saturday morning, his first team skate since suffering his injury Sept. 22, according to The Tennessean. "I felt pretty good," Stalberg said. "It's getting close. It's one of those things you can't push it too hard and rush it or else you have to deal with it all year. Hopefully I will be ready to go pretty soon."

According to the team, Stalberg's status remains one to three weeks on injured reserve, so expect him back sometime in mid-October. He is expected to skate on one of the Preds' checking lines once he returns.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg (lower body), is skating outside of team practices, according to the Tennessean.

Stalberg's original prognosis was two-to-four weeks, which puts him back in the lineup hopefully no later than mid-October. Even when he does return, he is likely looking at a checking-line role which gives him minimal fantasy value outside of deeper formats.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg will be out two-to-four weeks with a lower-body injury.

Stalberg was set to enter 2014-15 in search of redemption after a dismal first season in Nashville, and it looks as though he's already gotten off to a troubling start. The injury timetable will more than likely keep him unavailable for the Preds' Oct. 9 opener against the Senators, and quite possibly, several more games beyond that. Though he's only two seasons removed from 40-point production, his shaky health and downward-trending point totals make it difficult to justify drafting him, even in deep formats.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 2 Months

Stalberg sustained a lower-body injury in Monday's practice, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.

It looked like the injury was related to Stalberg's right leg, as he was attempting to keep weight off the limb while he left the ice. The Predators will reevaluate his condition Tuesday, but he'll likely be held out for that night's preseason opener against the Lightning regardless of what the tests indicate. Stalberg was already entering the season with something to prove after he was a major disappointment in Year 1 in Nashville, when he totaled just 18 points in 70 games. The injury will probably hurt his chances of reclaiming a top-six role, and at this point, he's probably best left undrafted in all but the deepest of leagues.

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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.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 10 Months

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.