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Playoff Notebook: Regehr is a gametime decision

Sunday, 04.15.2007 / 10:00 PM MT / News
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Playoff Notebook: Regehr is a gametime decision
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Calgary defenceman Robyn Regehr re-injured his leg Sunday in Detroit and is listed as a gametime decision for Game 3 in Calgary

Calgary defenceman Robyn Regehr was not exactly a happy camper on Monday.

The rugged Flames defenceman re-injured his leg Sunday in Game 2 in Detroit during a collision with Wings forward Kris Draper and did not return to the game.

While the Flames held an optional practice, Regehr underwent treatment.

"He was getting somebandaids put on today. He is day-to-day," said head coach Jim Playfair.

"He is an intimidating, physical guy. In his absence it becomes more of a committee."

Said Regehr: "It's sore again. It's day-to-day. I didn't really see him coming. I haven't seen the replay. It didn't feel good afterwards."

Regehr missed Game 1 because of the injury. "Not being able to play and having to sit on the sidelines is very difficult, especially whe you play so hard and work so hard all season to get here."

Home Sweet 'Dome

The Flames are concentrating on putting the first two games of the series, both Detroit wins, behind them and are looking forward to playing in front of the Sea of Red, where they won a league-high 30 games this season.

"We do play better, for some reason, in our own arena," said forward Wayne Primeau. "We need to play the way the Flames really play."

Which is smart, rugged, disciplined hockey.

"We have to play smarter," said Primeau. "You have to play hard but you also have to play smart."

That means not taking as many penalties and giving Detroit momentum.

"We know we have to be better all over the place," said defenceman Roman Hamrlik. "I think the firswt five or 10 minutes of those games we took bad penalties and they scored. That's huge for them."

While having the Sea of Red backing them is big for the Flames. That and the fact that they beat Detroit twice in Calgary in the regular season are reasons for optimism.

But defenceman Rhett Warrener said there is a little more to this series.

"It doesn't just change because you are at home. It comes from a bigger effort overall," said Warrener.

Coach Playfair upbeat

Calgary head coach Jim Playfair was rather upbeat at his daily media news conference.

He said the team met a discussed getting more pucks to the Detroit net for Game 3.

"You are not going to score on Dominik Hasek on the first shot. It's going to be the second or third shot. Maybe he doesn't have his stick in his hand when you do it," said Playfair.

He said the key will be the Flames being ready.

"It is important for us to come out at home and be prepared to work," he said.

And, while there has been plenty of negative talk around the team, Playfair is keeping his team looking forward, not behind.

"It's important not to get discouraged or frustrated," he said."We fully expect we can win and that is our singleminded focus."

Added forward Craig Conroy: "We would love to get 50 shots on (Hasek) like they did to us. It's not always the tick-tack-toe play. We have to come in and fire ways. If you don't shoot, it is never going to go in."


The Series Schedule

Thu, April 12
Detroit 4 Calgary 1

Sun, April 15
Detroit 3 Calgary 1

Tue, April 17 8:00 p.m.
at Calgary (CBC, VERSUS)
Thu, April 19 7:30 p.m.
at Calgary (CBC, VERSUS)
*Sat, April 21 1:00 p.m.
at Detroit (NBC, CBC)
*Sun, April 22 TBD
at Calgary (CBC, VERSUS)
*Tue, April 24 TBD
at Detroit (CBC, VERSUS)
*if necessary
-- All times Mountain

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