Regin update (sort of) and other Senators news

As Mika Zibanajed conducted his exit interview Wednesday, Peter Regin left Scotiabank Place, wearing a sling over his left arm and shoulder.

As Mika Zibanajed conducted his exit interview Wednesday, Peter Regin left Scotiabank Place, wearing a sling over his left arm and shoulder.

Regin suffered a left shoulder injury a full week ago, early in the first period of the Senators 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, but until Wednesday, the Senators have offered no update on his status.

Coach Paul MacLean acknowledged yesterday that Regin, who looked like a natural fit for the number two centre spot on the team, is seeking a second opinion on how to proceed. It is possible that Regin could once again opt for surgery. He had surgery on the same shoulder late last season, after being hit into the boards by Joey Crabb of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“We’re allowing Peter to explore what he needs to do and when he has an answer, we’ll have one for you,” MacLean said following practice Wednesday.

With Zibanejad gone to Sweden and Regin out for an extended period, there remains a gaping hole in the middle of the Senators lineup.

Who fills the void?

“Stephane Da Costa is still there in the mix,” said MacLean. “Nick Foligno is in the mix and those are the players we have at this point. I haven’t sat down and put line combinations together at this point, but we will certainly have it done by (Thursday).”

ALFREDSSON OUT, BUT VETERANS STEP UP

Even with 38-year-old captain Daniel Alfredsson sitting out Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday (he will be back Thursday against the Florida Panthers), the Senators had plenty of leadership in their lineup.

Defencemen Sergei Gonchar and Chris Phillips, loudly criticized during early blow-out losses, stood out with outstanding performances. Gonchar skated well, moved the puck well on the power play and took an open ice hit in order to make a pass to Zenon Konopka. Konopka then opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 break. Phillips was physical, particularly around his own net, clearing bodies.

It’s a huge change from early last week, when seemingly nothing could go right.

“That was a new system, we were going through some adjustments, but at the same time, when you’re losing and allowing seven goals, it’s not a good thing for your confidence, that’s for sure,” said Gonchar.

Gonchar says the key to the power play has been the presence of big bodies such as Colin Greening and Milan Michalek in front, making life difficult for opposition goaltenders.

“We’re helping each other, but the biggest thing now is we have a good presence up front. When we shoot the puck, there’s always somebody there. The goalie doesn’t have a chance (to see the puck).”

REGIN

As Mika Zibanajed conducted his exit interview Wednesday, Peter Regin left Scotiabank Place, wearing a sling over his left arm and shoulder.

Regin suffered a left shoulder injury a full week ago, early in the first period of the Senators 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets, but until Wednesday, the Senators have offered no update on his status.

Coach Paul MacLean acknowledged yesterday that Regin, who looked like a natural fit for the number two centre spot on the team, is seeking a second opinion on how to proceed. It is possible that Regin could once again opt for surgery. He had surgery on the same shoulder late last season, after being hit into the boards by Joey Crabb of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“We’re allowing Peter to explore what he needs to do and when he has an answer, we’ll have one for you,” MacLean said following practice Wednesday.

With Zibanejad gone to Sweden and Regin out for an extended period, there remains a gaping hole in the middle of the Senators lineup.

Who fills the void?

“Stephane Da Costa is still there in the mix,” said MacLean. “Nick Foligno is in the mix and those are the players we have at this point. I haven’t sat down and put line combinations together at this point, but we will certainly have it done by (Thursday).”

ALFREDSSON OUT, BUT VETERANS STEP UP

Even with 38-year-old captain Daniel Alfredsson sitting out Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday (he will be back Thursday against the Florida Panthers), the Senators had plenty of leadership in their lineup.

Defencemen Sergei Gonchar and Chris Phillips, loudly criticized during early blow-out losses, stood out with outstanding performances. Gonchar skated well, moved the puck well on the power play and took an open ice hit in order to make a pass to Zenon Konopka. Konopka then opened the scoring on a 2-on-1 break. Phillips was physical, particularly around his own net, clearing bodies.

It’s a huge change from early last week, when seemingly nothing could go right.

“That was a new system, we were going through some adjustments, but at the same time, when you’re losing and allowing seven goals, it’s not a good thing for your confidence, that’s for sure,” said Gonchar.

Gonchar says the key to the power play has been the presence of big bodies such as Colin Greening and Milan Michalek in front, making life difficult for opposition goaltenders.

“We’re helping each other, but the biggest thing now is we have a good presence up front. When we shoot the puck, there’s always somebody there. The goalie doesn’t have a chance (to see the puck).”

NO OFFICIAL WORD, BUT LOOK FOR MARKSTROM IN NET

Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators, but Florida coach Kevin Dineen wasn’t saying Wednesday who would start at the other end. It would be a surprise if it wasn’t Jacob Markstrom. The 6-6 netminder is fresh from making 40 saves in Monday’s 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Markstrom is 2-1 on the season, with a goals against average of 1.29 and a save percentage of .967 and he’s pushing veteran Jose Theodore. Theodore has been solid, too, registering a 3-2 record, with a goals against average of 2.63 and save percentage of .913.

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