Shoulder injury will keep Regin out 6-8 weeks

Ottawa Senators centre Peter Regin will be out of the lineup for the next 6-8 weeks after re-aggravating his surgically repaired shoulder.

Shoulder injury will keep Regin out 6-8 weeks
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators centre Peter Regin will be out of the lineup for the next 6-8 weeks after re-aggravating his surgically repaired shoulder.

Regin, who had a great training camp and was off to a quick start with the Senators this season, chose to try and rehab the shoulder rather than go under the knife again.

With Regin out long-term and rookie Mika Zibanejad due to catch a flight to Sweden any day, two of the three projected second line centre options are out of the picture.

That leaves the door wide open for another rookie, Stephane Da Costa, to take over. He’ll play on the team’s No. 2 unit against the Florida Panthers Thursday night, flanked by Nick Folingo on the left and Daniel Alfredsson on the right.

Head coach Paul MacLean said the team would weigh its options on a day-to-day basis, but the young frenchman has a shot to impress now.

“It’s his ball to run with,” MacLean said. “We expect him to rise to the occasion and see if he can, you know, accept that role and have success at it.”

According to MacLean, that means being diligent at both ends of the rink.

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Here’s how the rest of the team lined up at the morning skate:

Colin Greening — Jason Spezza — Milan Michalek
Nick Foligno — Stephane Da Costa — Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins — Zack Smith — Chris Neil
Erik Condra — Zenon Konopka — Jesse Winchester

Kuba — Karlsson
Cowen — Gonchar
Phillips — Rundblad

Brian Lee and Bobby Butler (who is ready to return from his groin injury) are the healthy scratches, while Craig Anderson starts in goal.

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