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For reasons known only to Joel Quenneville, Stalberg is apparently on the outs following the Minnesota series. Whether he's truly in the doghouse or just a convenient whipping boy, Quenneville has removed Youngblood from a regular forward line in practice this week.
ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers posted on what is looking like the possibility that Stalberg is a healthy scratch for Game 1 and quoted Quennville on how the lineup might look Wednesday night:
They'll all know where they stand. We'll address the situation when the time is right. Stay ready. Nobody said he (Stalberg)'s out of the lineup. Keep yourself [ready], make decisions tough on us.
I just don't get this. If Quenneville wants to send a message, he can come out and say Stalberg's out of the lineup. Or pick a player who doesn't match up as well with the Red Wings to play a head game with. Stalberg doesn't deserve to be messed with. He's had a solid season and has the speed to take it to Detroit.
The 'Hawks are streaming their morning skate on the team website, which could provide a peek at Quenneville's hand. Otherwise, we'll have to wait until Wednesday night to see where Stalberg fits into the Game 1 plan, if at all.