OTTAWA - Peter Regin wasn’t on the ice Friday at the Bell Sensplex.
The Senators centre was in a place that has become too familiar — the doctor’s office, getting his surgically repaired left shoulder checked out after he re-injured himself in Thursday’s 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets.
Regin won’t play against the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night as the Senators close out a three-game homestand. How long he’s going to be out isn’t known, but it doesn’t look good.
After getting hit by Nik Antropov in the first period, Regin left the ice immediately. He wasn’t available to speak to the media, but coach Paul MacLean said further testing was required to see how long Regin will be out.
Since it’s the second time in a month Regin has injured the shoulder, there is concern whether another procedure may be required. MacLean said he wasn’t going to “speculate” on the severity of the injury until the tests are complete.
Regin missed the first two games of the regular season after getting injured Sept. 27 against the Maple Leafs. He took extra time to make sure he was healed and his teammates know this injury isn’t going to be easy on him.
“That sucks for him and for the team as well,” said defenceman Erik Karlsson. “He’s played great and he’s gotten going again. (The latest injury) doesn’t help. I don’t know how bad it is, but it’s definitely hurting the team and hurting him as well.”
MacLean said this isn’t easy for Regin.
“I haven’t had an opportunity to speak with him, but everything I’ve heard from (athletic therapist) Gerry (Townend) he’s pretty down. Those were his words for it and it’s only natural,” said MacLean.
“He’s an experienced NHL player and he’s been a very consistent player for us through (five) games. It’ll be more of an opportunity for somebody else. He was kind of a steadying influence at the centre-ice position.”
The injury to Regin isn’t going to have a bearing on what the Senators decide to do with 18-year-old centre Mika Zibanejad.
For those keeping score. he’ll suit up for Game No. 8 of the season against the Jackets.
The Senators have to decide after Tuesday’s game against Carolina if they want to keep Zibanejad here for the rest of the season or send him back to Sweden. He has yet to score in seven games, averaging 12:27 in icetime per game.
“I think it is separate. The decision on Mika is what’s best for Mika.
“The Regin thing, for me, is not (going to) factor (into it) at all,” said MacLean.
On Saturday, the Senators will dress centre Zenon Konopka for his 200th career game against one of his old teams.
“It’s 200 more (than some people thought),” said Konopka, who was a healthy scratch against the Jets.
“I’ve enjoyed every one. We’ve got a great job. Happy players and positive players are good players.”