Kings coach Darryl Sutter makes no promises when it comes to changing lineup

Kings coach Darryl Sutter on Monday didn’t repeat his pre-Game 2 expectation that defenseman Robyn Regehr would play for the first time since suffering a knee injury in Game 1 of the second-round series against the Ducks. Instead, Sutter had this to say when asked before Game 3 if he considered moving Regehr into the lineup, with the expectation that Matt Greene would be scratched:

“We’ll just do it as games go along, warmups go along, how guys feel.”

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Darryl Sutter admits decision to keep Robyn Regehr on the sideline was tough

Kings coach Darryl Sutter went with the status quo for Game 2 after saying one day earlier that defenseman Robyn Regehr “probably” would play for the first time since suffering a knee injury in Game 1 of the second round series against the Ducks.

Sutter stayed with Matt Greene on Saturday, keeping Regehr out of the lineup for the 15th consecutive game. Sutter said it was a difficult to put Regehr back into such high-level competition after a layoff that reached five weeks Saturday.

“Darn right it’s a consideration when you think about it,” Sutter said Sunday.

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Darryl Sutter to decide after Kings warmup skate whether Robyn Regehr plays

Robyn Regehr hasn’t played since injuring his knee in Game 1 of the Kings’ second-round series against the Ducks. If coach Darryl Sutter decided whether the time was right for Regehr’s return to the lineup for Game 2, he wasn’t saying hours before the opening faceoff Saturday at Staples Center.

“We’ll make the decision after warmup on our lineup,” Sutter said.

 

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Defenseman Robyn Regehr could make his return to the Kings’ lineup for Game 2

Defenseman Robyn Regehr hasn’t played since suffering an unspecified knee injury in Game 1 of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the Ducks. He missed the next six games of that series, plus all seven games of the Western Conference finals, plus Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Regehr is expected to make his return to the Kings’ lineup for Game 2 today at Staples Center, however. Regehr was cleared to resume taking contact earlier in the week, but Kings coach Darryl Sutter scratched him for a 3-2 overtime victory Wednesday. The waiting is over, however.

“He’ll probably play tomorrow,” Sutter said Friday.

Regehr is likely to replace Matt Greene in the Kings’ lineup.

“It’s a coach’s decision,” Regehr said. “I have no idea. If you look at the previous two (games), we’ve won the last two with the same lineup. That’s what I’m expecting. My job right now is just to work and be ready as much as I can. If I get the call, then go out and play my game.”

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Injured defenseman Robyn Regehr ready to play, but will he go in Game 1?

Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr last played in Game 1 of their second-round series against the Ducks. Teemu Selanne cracked him against the glass, Regehr’s knee was injured and he went out of the Kings’ lineup for the rest of that series and all of the Western Conference finals. He pronounced himself fit for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at Staples Center.

“I feel ready,” Regehr said at the Kings’ morning skate. “It just comes down to a coach’s decision. I feel good. I’ve had a chance to practice a little bit and get a little bit of contact, so … I don’t think that’s necessary. It’s a matter of what kind of lineup Darryl wants to go with. I think he’ll probably use the same one he used last game. The guys played well and we won Game 7 in Chicago.”

Said Sutter: “He’s getting closer, but I probably wouldn’t play him tonight.”

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Injured defenseman Robyn Regehr takes a step in possible return to the lineup

Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, sidelined by a knee injury since Game 2 of the second-round series against the Ducks, participated in the team’s morning skate Friday at Staples Center. It was the first time since Teemu Selanne of the Ducks injured him in Game 1 that Regehr skated with his teammates. His return to the Kings’ lineup remains uncertain, however.

“It’s difficult when you’re injured because you’re on a different schedule and program than a lot of the normal guys, the playing guys, so you feel like you’re a little bit of a Hobbit sometimes,” Regehr said. “So, it’s nice to be back around the guys. It started with the travel to Chicago and things like that.”

Regehr has been cleared for contact.

“I did a few little battle drills down low, 2-on-1s and things like that. I need more of that, more contact before I’m ready to roll. It’s a lot better than doing them by yourself. You can chirp back. The only thing you could do before was look at your reflection in the glass and that was no fun.”

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Injured Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr update, or non-update, as is the case

Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr joined his teammates late in their morning skate Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago. He’s appears closer to a return to the lineup after suffering an unspecified knee injury in Game 1 of the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the Ducks. Then again, maybe he’s not, if you listen to Kings coach Darryl Sutter. Here’s what Sutter said when asked for an update:

“I couldn’t answer that. I’m not a doctor.”

 

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Injured defenseman Robyn Regehr taking cautious route back to Kings lineup

Robyn Regehr suffered an unspecified knee injury during Game 1 of the Kings’ second-round victory over the Ducks earlier this month, which was pretty difficult for the veteran defenseman to stomach. He sat out for the 10th consecutive game Monday, which was even worse. When and where he returns to the Kings’ lineup remains uncertain.

“I can’t put a time line on it because it just depends on if things keep going along well, then we can kind of gauge that,” he said. “But if all of a sudden there’s a day or two and I take a step backwards, then may change. so I really don’t know. I’ve been making steps forward this whole time so far. I’m really hoping to avoid any sort of regression.”

Watching his fill-ins, Jeff Schultz first and Matt Greene more recently, has tempered his disappointment. He has served as an enthusiastic cheerleader despite his frustration at sitting by idling while his teammates have played their best hockey of the season.

In fact, the Kings’ winning ways have afforded Regehr a chance to rehabilitate his knee and recover at a pace that ensures his full return to the lineup. A few more victories, and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, could mean he rejoins the team before season’s end.

“I’ve got the pom poms out here and it seems to be working so far,” he said, smiling faintly. “The role change from being involved in the game and having the ability to go out there and contribute whether it’s penalty-killing or power play or defense or whatever it is, you feel a part of it.

“When you’re injured, you’re watching on TV and you’re not part of it at all. It’s tough. It’s really tough.”

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Kings-Blackhawks injury updates

Couple of news updates from today’s media sessions …

Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell update

Kings coach Darryl Sutter called the play of defenseman Willie Mitchell “solid,” after Mitchell played nearly 17 minutes in Game 1, his first action since he suffered a leg injury in Game 6 of the Kings’ first-round series against the San Jose Sharks.

Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr update

Sutter said defenseman Robyn Regehr hasn’t resumed skating after he was injured in Game 1 of the Kings’ second-round series against the Ducks. Sutter’s policy is to avoid talking about injured players, so that was the only update he would provide reporters.

Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw update

Injured center Andrew Shaw is expected to skate with his Blackhawks teammates today, and Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said the team would “assess” his progress, adding, “He’s made real good progress the last few days and he felt pretty good (Monday).”

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Kings pre-Game 3 practice updates

Injured defensemen Willie Mitchell and Robyn Regehr were not on the ice when the Kings held a short practice Wednesday morning in El Segundo. Forward Jeff Carter also was not on the ice, but Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he would try to give Carter and defenseman Drew Doughty plenty of rest during the playoffs.

“Jeff and Drew played a lot of hockey this year, played in the gold-medal game,” Sutter said, referring to Carter’s and Doughty’s participation with Canada in the Sochi Olympics. “The more (rest) you can give them, the better. (Carter) is not a guy who needs to skate. He does his work off the ice.”

That was about it as far as news goes.

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