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Kings' Regehr skates, but has no timeline on return

Monday, 05.26.2014 / 2:41 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / Blackhawks-Kings series blog

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Kings' Regehr skates, but has no timeline on return

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr reported some progress Monday from his knee injury but didn't have a timetable for his return.

Regehr came out late to skate on the morning of Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Monday at Staples Center (9 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS), the second straight day he has taken the ice. But he isn't doing drills and appears a ways off from being available.

"I can't put a timeline on it because it just depends if things keep going along well, then we can kind of gauge that," Regehr said. "But if, all of a sudden, there's a day or two, if something happens, I take a step backward, then that date will then change. 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."

Regehr was injured in Game 1 of the second-round series against the Anaheim Ducks when right wing Teemu Selanne hit him against the end boards. The specific injury was not revealed until Kings coach Darryl Sutter said it was Regehr's knee earlier this week.

Regehr, one of the Kings' penalty killers and more physical defensemen, is usually partnered with Slava Voynov, but Los Angeles has filled in with Jeff Schultz and Matt Greene. They lead the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 in the best-of-7 series, and Regehr did sound an optimistic and light tone about nearing a return.

"It's given me a chance to rehab and maybe even get back in there, so I'm cheering for them," Regehr said. "I've got the pompoms out here. It seems to be working so far."

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