The team provided an update on Peter Regin this morning and it sounds a little more positive than originally thought. Rather than opt for surgery. Regin will go the rehab route instead and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. I get the sense it could be longer than that depending on how the rehab goes.
With Regin on the shelf and Zibanejad headed back to the SEL, Paul MacLean will be looking for someone to step up and assume the second line centre position.
First crack at that position will go to Stephane Da Costa as he will line up with Foligno and Alfredsson tonight. Da Costa found his way on to the fourth line after some questionable defensive play but he gets another shot starting tonight.
Here is how the lines are expected to look.
Bobby Butler is ready to return from his groin injury but is a healthy scratch tonight. On the back end, Brian Lee will once again look on from the press box. With the club winning and looking much better defensively, this is a tough time for MacLean to make a switch.
Craig Anderson will make the start in the Ottawa goal.