NASHVILLE -- Since signing a free-agent contract with the Nashville Predators in July, things have not worked out exactly the way Viktor Stalberg would have liked.
Entering his first game against his old team, the Chicago Blackhawks, on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena, Stalberg has one goal and one assist in 13 games to go with a minus-4 rating. Nashville tied the Florida Panthers last season for fewest goals and expected big things from Stalberg, 27, who scored 22 goals in his last full season and netted nine last year.
The game comes as Nashville has lost four straight by an aggregate 17-2 score while Chicago has not lost in regulation since Oct. 26, a span of eight games.
"You've got to deserve your ice time, deserve everything you get out there," said Stalberg, who averages 13:06 per game in time on ice, which ranks 11th among 15 Predators forwards this season. "I might have taken that for granted at the start. Obviously the last couple of games have been tough for us, but you've got to do everything you can to get back on track and start producing."