The initial prognosis for Viktor Stalberg’s shoulder injury was three-to-four weeks. According to Nashville Predators Head Coach Barry Trotz, one of the team’s prized free agent acquisitions is ahead of schedule in his recovery.
After suffering an AC Sprain on Sept. 24, Stalberg has returned to skating with the team two weeks removed from the injury. He has skated with the team over the last two days and could make his Predators debut soon.
“There is a good chance that he could be back in the lineup as soon as Saturday,” Trotz said. “We’ll monitor it day by day and hopefully from our standpoint we’ll be fairly healthy here.”
Stalberg has missed the first three games of the season and tonight will be the fourth. But if they can get him back Saturday against the New York Islanders, or early next week, it will be dodged bullet as it looked as if he could miss most of October.
“The shoulder feels good. It doesn’t bother me too much out there. I tried to do some contact today and I’ll take it day by day. We’ll see how it goes,” Stalberg said.
“They said it would take three-to-four weeks originally, probably more towards four weeks, but now I’m skating and taking some bumps. That’s good progress. It’s a long year and we don’t want to take any more chances with getting back too early. We’ll make sure it’s 100 percent and if I feel like that tomorrow then I’ll be ready to go Saturday.”
The Predators could use Stalberg’s offensive ability in the lineup. They have struggled to score goals at even strength thus far and Stalberg is viewed as an important piece of the team’s forward puzzle.
“I’m excited to get going here. It’s tough to get an injury right off the bat, but it’s a part of the game,” he said. “You can’t really get too upset about it. You just have to go about your business and work hard and try to come back as quickly as possible.”