Peter Regin likely to be scratched for Andrew Shaw
BY MARK POTASH Staff Reporter May 23, 2014 10:18PM
With Andrew Shaw (left) returning for Game 3 on Saturday in Los Angeles, Peter Regin (12) is expected to be scratched. | Bill Smith/Getty Images
Updated: June 25, 2014 6:18AM
LOS ANGELES — Peter Regin looks like the odd man out — again.
With Andrew Shaw returning to the lineup Saturday night for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Kings, Regin is expected to be scratched.
Shaw skated with Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg on the third line in practice Friday at Staples Center. Regin was not on any of the top four lines. The fourth line remains the same with Marcus Kruger centering Ben Smith and Brandon Bollig.
Regin was a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks’ first 10 playoff games but was activated for Game 5 against the Minnesota Wild after Bollig was suspended for one game. Regin has played the last four games.
“That’s the way it is, if that’s the case,” Regin said. “I pride myself on being a good teammate. I was in this position before, so it’s not something I can’t deal with. I’ll just try to be ready if I’m called upon.”
Coach Joel Quenneville didn’t even acknowledge the decision to bench Regin when asked about it Friday.
“We’re happy to have Shaw back,” Quenneville said. “He’s been there mostly all year, so that’s where it’s at.”
Shaw ready to go
Shaw, of course, can’t wait to get going in Game 3 after missing seven full games since suffering a lower-body injury in the first period of Game 1 against the Wild.
“Pretty excited,” he said. “A long wait, long recovery. I know it was only three weeks, but it feels like a couple of months.”
The Hawks were patient with Shaw after the injury. He said he could’ve played three games ago. But he was glad to have the extra time to recover.
“I think it’s an advantage [to join the series in midstream],” he said. “I’m well-rested, excited. I’ve got a lot of energy. So, hopefully, I can help the boys out.”
Toews vs. Kopitar
With the home team getting the last change, Kings coach Darryl Sutter will have more opportunities to keep his top line of Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik and Dustin Brown away from the Hawks’ top line of Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Bryan Bickell.
Will it make it tougher to defend the Kopitar line?
“We’ll see,” Quenneville said. “I know that will be challenging, whether we have Toews out there, defense. A lot of guys are going to get exposed to them one way or another. We’ll see.”
Bracing for Hawks’ best
The Kings know the Hawks are not going to wilt after collapsing in Game 2.
“We have no doubt that [Game 2] even affected them,’’ Kings defenseman Drew Doughty said. ‘‘Mentally, they’re one of the strongest teams in the league. They’re going to come out with their best. We know they’re not going to shy away or take their foot off the pedal because they’re a great team, and they’ve proved it.”