Needing an edge minus Reg

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

ANAHEIM -- Two games without Robyn Regehr already this season.

Two losses.

Not a good sign, seeing as the Calgary Flames lynchpin defenceman will be out of action for a spell due to a "lower body" injury.

Regehr, who couldn't provide much insight to the degree of the problem, didn't believe he'll be on the shelf an extended period of time. He guessed a week or two, but pointed out he's not a doctor.

"I don't think it's too bad," said Regehr, who was wearing a brace on his left leg.

"I've had worse and know how long I was out before."

The Flames can ill-afford to be without the defensive stalwart too long.

They won't have a solid answer as to just how long he'll be on the shelf until at least today, said head coach Mike Keenan.

"I can't give any update until we get him home to see some our own professional people," Keenan said.

Regehr suffered the injury with about five minutes remaining in Saturday night's win in Los Angeles when hit by Kings captain Dustin Brown. He said the hit was low but not at all dirty.

Regehr finished the contest, another reason he's optimistic the recovery time will be quick, but couldn't play in last night's 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Now the onus is on the remaining defencemen to make up the 22 minutes per game Regehr skates per night.

Dion Phaneuf played a season-high 34 minutes and 37 seconds of last night's clash, taking up a big part of the slack.

"Injuries are part of the game, and guys have to adapt to it, especially if you lose a big guy like Reg, who plays a lot," Phaneuf said. "Everyone's going to be asked to do a little bit more and I think everyone was asked that in the back end."

In Regehr's absence, Adam Pardy returned to the lineup for the first time since the season opener.

He played 6:29 and was a minus-one.

"The first couple of shifts, it took them to get the legs back and the timing back," said the rookie. "After three-and-a-half weeks, it's gonna take a couple of shifts to get your legs back. It came back quick and I felt pretty good out there

"Obviously, you can't replace a player like Robyn Regehr, so I knew I had to come in and just play simple."

Watch for increased ice time for the likes of Cory Sarich, Jim Vandermeer, Adrian Aucoin and Mark Giordano. Aucoin played more than 25 minutes.


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