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Kings defenseman Regehr likely to play in Game 2

Friday, 06.06.2014 / 2:42 PM

By Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent / 2014 Stanley Cup Final blog

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Kings defenseman Regehr likely to play in Game 2

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr likely will return to the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday at Staples Center (7 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"He'll probably play [Saturday]," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Regehr at the end of his press conference Friday.

Robyn Regehr
Defense - LAK
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 3 | +/-: 0

The Kings lead the New York Rangers 1-0 in the best-of-7 series after a 3-2 overtime win Wednesday.

Regehr has been out since May 3 with a knee injury that occurred in Game 1 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Anaheim Ducks when right wing Teemu Selanne hit Regehr against the end boards.

Regehr is one of the Kings' penalty-killers and offers physicality. It is unclear who might come out of the lineup, but it could be Matt Greene, who plays on the third defense pair with Alec Martinez. The Kings have said they struggled to deal with the Rangers' speed on the wing.

Sutter said before Game 1 of the Final he wasn't yet comfortable putting in Regehr, who has said since before Game 1 he is ready and available to play.

This would be Regehr's first appearance in a Cup Final since 2004, with the Calgary Flames, who were coached by Sutter. The Flames' opponent in the Cup Final was the Tampa Bay Lightning, who featured center Brad Richards and right wing Martin St. Louis, who are with the Rangers.

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