Morning skate update: Regin, Carkner ready to return to Senators’ lineup

The Ottawa Senators will have a new look tonight as two players return from long-term injuries.

Morning skate update: Regin, Carkner ready to return to Senators’ lineup

The Ottawa Senators will have a new look tonight as two players return from long-term injuries.

While defenceman Matt Carkner was expected back after a conditioning stint in AHL Binghamton, the likely return of centre Peter Regin is something of a surprise.

Regin, who has been out the last seven weeks or so with shoulder problems, said Saturday morning he’s ready to play.

Zenon Konopka will sit as a healthy scratch in his place, while no moves will be needed on defence. Sergei Gonchar is day-to-day after suffering an injury against New Jersey Thursday.

Carkner said he was slated to play with puck-moving rookie David Rundblad, joking that there will be “two skill guys back there.

“It’s been a long wait here,” Carkner said. “I had a good stint there in Binghamton just to get a feel for the game again and, yeah, I’m just excited to play again.”

Regin is expected to play wing on the second line with Nick Foligno and Daniel Alfredsson, while it looks like Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Kaspars Daugavins will combine on the top trio.

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MORE NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE MORNING SKATE:

Filip Kuba is practicing and skating in an effort to build up some strength in his injured shoulder. MacLean said he’s still about a week away.

— Scary moment for the Senators’ farm team last night. Prospect defenceman Patrick Wiercioch took a slap shot clearing attempt in the throat during the Binghamton Senators’ loss to the Norfolk Admirals. Wiercioch was taken to hospital and, according to Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin hockey writer Joy Lindsay, was in stable condition as of this morning.

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