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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.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 9 Months

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."

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 9 Months

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.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 9 Months

Viktor Stalberg recorded an assist in Nashville's 5-2 loss to Washington on Saturday.

Stalberg has three goals and eight points in 24 games with the Nashville Predators in 2013-14. There was some hope that he'd get top-six minutes this season and thus take a step forward, but he's averaging just 13:15 minutes per contest.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 10 Months

Viktor Stalberg buried just his third goal of the season for Nashville in a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes Thursday.

It's been an uphill climb for the former Blackhawk and Maple Leaf, who has recorded only three goals in 23 games with the Predators. Mike Fisher was the only other goal scorer for Nashville in the defeat.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 10 Months

Viktor Stalberg dropped his gloves with the intention to fight Tuesday night, but Detroit forward Mikael Samuelsson didn't reciprocate.

"I got an elbow in my face, and he started shoving a little bit, and I thought he was going to drop them, and I did for the sake of saving myself," Stalberg explained. "There wasn't much to it." He ended up with a penalty for holding on the play, while Samuelsson got two minutes for hooking. Stalberg also had an assist and two shots in the match.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 10 Months

Viktor Stalberg scored a goal against his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Saturday.

That's just a small bright spot in what has been a disappointing campaign for Stalberg so far. The hope was that joining the Predators would increase Stalberg's playing time and thus his fantasy value. Instead he's averaged just 12:59 minutes per game and has three points in 14 contests.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 10 Months

Viktor Stalberg will have plenty of motivation Saturday night.

The Blackhawks, Stalberg's former team, visit Nashville for the first time since Stalberg signed an off-season deal with the Preds. He has not contributed much in the way of offense so far as he has been slow to recover from a shoulder injury. Saturday night be a good time fopr Stalberg to finally get in gear.

Viktor Stalberg LW NAS 10 Months

Viktor Stalberg recorded his first goal as a member of the Predators Wednesday night.

He also added an assist and had six shots in Nashville's 6-4 victory over Colorado. Stalberg didn't have a point in his previous eight games with the Preds. Perhaps getting the monkey off his back will get him going offensively.

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Viktor Stalberg will be in the lineup for Nashville Thursday after being a healthy scratch for the last two games.

"Hopefully I can make a difference out there. It's what I do," Stalberg said. "I have to find a way to be better and get it done." He's slated to play with Colin Wilson and Mike Fisher in the contest.