Regehr's knee still iffy for opener

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:11 AM ET

Robyn Regehr is yet to hit the ice -- even for some light skating -- in his recovery from a knee injury.

That's the bad news for the Calgary Flames regarding their defenceman. The good news is Regehr wasn't wearing a brace on his injured knee when he walked out of the Saddledome yesterday and reported no problems after riding an exercise bike.

Is he a go or a no-go for the team's playoff opener against the Red Wings Thursday night in Detroit?

"I'm going to travel with them and see how it goes," Regehr said. "It's kind of a day-to-day thing, where we see how it feels as we do more. If I knew, I'd tell you (more) but it's something where you have to go through the rehabilitation and the exercises and get to feel more comfortable and stronger.

"Once I feel that way and I get cleared to play, I'll be out there.

"It's just a process that has to be followed and I'm going through that right now. I can say it's pretty positive and the injury wasn't as bad as all of us thought originally."

Flames head coach Jim Playfair said Regehr is a "game-time decision".

When Regehr does return to action it'll be with an extra jolt from the Flames faithful.

When his teammates took the ice for Sunday night's regular-season finale, Regehr took in the action immersed with fans at the team-owned FlamesCentral bar and grill.

"Everybody had their jerseys on. I thought it was really cool. They said for the Saturday game, people in there stood for the anthem," he said. "To see all the support, even for a game that came down to not meaning a whole bunch, it was great as a player to go through that. We're all excited, as players, to be in this situation."


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