Slight chance Regin will play opening night

Ottawa Senators Peter Regin (R) takes out Toronto Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski along the end...

Ottawa Senators Peter Regin (R) takes out Toronto Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski along the end boards in the first period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto February 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill) (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:06 PM ET

Peter Regin hasnt give up hope on opening night.

The Senators centre told reporters Thursday he has to have more tests, but theres still a chance he could play against the Detroit Red Wings next Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

Speaking for the first time since he suffered a shoulder injury trying to hit John-Michael Liles against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday at Scotiabank Place, Regin sounded confident that hes not going to be on the shelf for long.

Its the same left shoulder he had surgery on last season.

I feel pretty good. Not too bad, said Regin.

Im disappointed but the good sign is its getting better quick and its not as bad as it was (Wednesday).

Im still hoping for the first game. If Im playing or not I dont know.

Im going to do some more testing in the upcoming week. Well have to see what the results are. Its not going to be a major thing.

Regin wont play against the Boston Bruins in the clubs final pre-season game Thursday in Beantown.

Goaltender Craig Anderson will start and play the full 60 minutes.

This will be the last chance for many players to show what theyve got.

Bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @sungarrioch

Tonights line-up:

Forwards

Greening-Spezza-Filatov

Michalek-Zibanejad-Alfredsson

Foligno-Smith-Butler

Condra-Konopka-Neil

Defence

Cowen-Gonchar

Kuba-Rundblad

Lee-Borowiecki

Goalies

Anderson

Auld


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