Regin gets hooked again

With only one assist to show for his last 26 games, Peter Regin shouldn’t have been surprised that he was scratched for the second straight game, and for the fourth time this season.

And he wasn’t, though he was disappointed, as any player would be.

But, said coach Cory Clouston, all he can do now is wait for a chance. That means hoping someone has a bad game so he can get in.

“But if our guys continue to play as they did (against Anaheim), it’s going to be tough for him to do that,” said Clouston.

“And when he does get in the lineup, he’s going to have to be stronger on the puck, generate more offence.

“He’s had several opportunities to play in a top-six position and he just hasn’t made the best of it. It’s been a tough season for him.”

Clouston didn’t know if calling Regin “soft” would be the right way to say it, but he did make it clear that he wants to see Regin play a far more aggressive game.

“He’s got to be stronger in the battle areas,” said Clouston.

“He’s getting knocked down a little bit too much.

“The confidence just isn’t there with the puck, so I think there’s some hesitation that maybe looks like he’s a little bit soft as opposed to just hesitation.

“However way you want to describe it, he’s got to be more physical, stronger in those areas, and be more of a presence around the net and in the corners.”

Regin said he’s trying as best he can. While no one would say he plays a game like Chris Neil, he knows he has to tougher.

“I think everybody knows what kind of player I am,” he said.

“And when I’m playing my game, I’m skating a lot and I have a flow in my game, and I get into the battles.

“But I’m not a guy who’s going to run guys all the time, so I don’t think I have to be physical that way. But obviously I want to get more involved.

“Trust me, nobody wants me to play batter more than I do. I want to play better. It’s not because I don’t want to.’

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