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Asked about what Stalberg can do to get back in the lineup, Quenneville responded: “Stay ready, stay ready. Nobody said he’s out of the lineup, but keep yourself, make decisions tough on us.”

Stalberg had nine goals and 14 assists in 47 games this season, then had a big assist and a plus-2 rating while playing all five games in the first round against Minnesota. It’s quite a luxury for Quenneville to consider leaving him off the top four lines, but such is life for the Blackhawks this season.

It’s also quite the problem for Detroit.

“It should be a fun series,” said Kane, who led the team with 55 points this season. “We’re really looking forward to the challenge.”


AP Sports Writer Larry Lage in Romulus, Mich., contributed to this report.


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