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Stalberg could make Predators debut Saturday

Thursday, 10.10.2013 / 2:53 PM

By John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Stalberg could make Predators debut Saturday

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz told reporters Thursday that injured forward Viktor Stalberg could play Saturday against the New York Islanders.

Stalberg took part in the team's morning skate Thursday ahead of its game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, but isn't quite ready yet to make his regular-season debut with the team. He has been on injured reserve since Sept. 29, about a week after he sustained an injury to his right shoulder during training camp.

Stalberg signed a four-year, $12 million contract with the Predators during the summer.

Here are the lineups the teams will use Thursday:

PREDATORS

Eric Nystrom - David Legwand - Filip Forsberg

Colin Wilson - Matt Cullen - Craig Smith

Nick Spaling - Mike Fisher - Patric Hornqvist

Rich Clune - Paul Gaustad - Matt Hendricks

Seth Jones - Shea Weber

Kevin Klein - Mattias Ekholm

Ryan Ellis - Victor Bartley

Pekka Rinne

Carter Hutton

Scratched: Gabriel Bourque

Injured: Viktor Stalberg (shoulder) Roman Josi (concussion)

MAPLE LEAFS

James van Riemsdyk - Tyler Bozak - Phil Kessel

Mason Raymond - Dave Bolland - Joffrey Lupul

Carter Ashton - Nazem Kadri - Troy Bodie

David Broll - Jay McClement - Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson - Dion Phaneuf

Morgan Rielly - Cody Franson

Paul Ranger - Jake Gardiner

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

Scratched: Josh Leivo, TJ Brennan

Injured: Mark Fraser (knee), Frazer McLaren (hand), Nikolai Kulemin (ankle)

Suspended: David Clarkson

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday