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Injured Regehr should be good to go for playoffs

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

The first good sign for the Calgary Flames was Robyn Regehr didn't need crutches to support himself.

The second is the veteran defenceman is optimistic his wonky knee, injured during Thursday's loss in San Jose, will be healed in time to help the team in the post-season (provided, of course, they make the playoffs).

"I have a leg injury and I'm day-to-day. That's what I've been told to tell you," Regehr said with a laugh yesterday, alluding to all the cloak-and-dagger activity regarding injuries that's become the NHL norm. "Actually, it's pretty good news. I expect to be ready for the playoffs."

Regehr wouldn't say if that meant being healthy enough before the playoffs begin, as early as Wednesday, or sometime during a post-season run.

Coach Jim Playfair, knowing the doubt placed on injury reports, said the prognosis is very good considering Regehr missed the final two periods of the 4-3 loss to San Jose.

"Robyn's playoff-time, day-to-day. Seriously, we got good news and we should expect him back," Playfair said. "He might start skating (today) or Monday."

David Hale stepped into Regehr's spot in the lineup and was paired with Brad Stuart for last night's 3-2 loss the Edmonton Oilers.

Not that any NHLer is happy to miss a game due to injury but the disappointment for Regehr was elevated with the importance of the Battle of Alberta matchup.

"It's gonna be tough, the biggest game of the year," said Regehr.

Regehr, Calgary's top shutdown d-man, was injured late in the first period when a Sharks player slid into his legs after a chase for a puck.

"I've got to get a little faster, maybe, that way I can get hit a little less," he said.


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