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Schultz expected to make Kings debut in Game 2

Monday, 05.05.2014 / 3:56 PM

By Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer / Ducks-Kings series blog

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Schultz expected to make Kings debut in Game 2

ANAHEIM -- Defenseman Robyn Regehr did not skate Monday morning for the Los Angeles Kings, and all indications are Jeff Schultz will replace him in the lineup for Game 2 of this Western Conference Second Round series at Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

Regehr left Game 1 midway through the first period and did not return. He hasn't participated in either of the two team on-ice workouts since, and coach Darryl Sutter has not provided an update on his condition.

Schultz was signed before the season started, but this will be his first game for the Kings. He spent most of the regular season with Manchester in the American Hockey League, and when he was recalled he was a healthy scratch.

"He was signed last summer not knowing if Willie Mitchell was going to play this year at all," Sutter said. "Once Willie Mitchell was cleared, then Schultz became that player in Manchester that was going to be here if there was an injury to one of those veteran guys, especially on the left side with Willie and Robyn Regehr. It's taken this long for us to need him."

Based on the morning skate, Schultz will be paired with Slava Voynov. Schultz and Voynov have never played together, so there will be something of a cram session before the exam Monday night.

"I kind of just watch film and talk to him, go over tendencies," Schultz said. "It's more about playing the system."

Here are the projected lineups for Game 2:

KINGS

Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown

Tyler Toffoli - Jeff Carter - Tanner Pearson

Dwight King - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams

Kyle Clifford - Mike Richards - Trevor Lewis

Jake Muzzin - Drew Doughty

Jeff Schultz - Slava Voynov

Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Scratched: Jordan Nolan, Colin Fraser, Brayden McNabb, Andrew Bodnarchuk, Linden Vey, Andrew Campbell

Injured: Willie Mitchell (undisclosed), Robyn Regehr (undisclosed)

DUCKS

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Patrick Maroon - Mathieu Perreault - Teemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Jakob Silfverberg

Devante Smith-Pelly - Nick Bonino - Emerson Etem

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Bryan Allen - Mark Fistric

Jonas Hiller

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Kyle Palmieri, Daniel Winnik, Luca Sbisa

Injured: Stephane Robidas (leg), Sheldon Souray (wrist), Tim Jackman (hand)

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You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

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