Regin would have preferred not to be wearing a white jersey -- the color Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has designated for forwards outside the top four lines -- during practice at Staples Center. But he understood that Andrew Shaw was returning from injury for Game 3 against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, and it meant someone had to depart the lineup.
“We’re all happy to see him back, and somebody has to come out,” Regin said Friday of Shaw. “If I’m in that mix, I’ll just have to deal with it and stay positive and be ready to play if I get a chance again. That’s the only thing I can do. The worst thing you can do is to put your head down. If you don’t perform if you get a chance again, then you really screw yourself. Try to take the positives from the games and kind of focus on that and be ready if you get a chance again.”
Quenneville wouldn’t go into detail about his decision to replace Regin with Shaw as the third-line center during Friday's practice.
“We're happy to have Shawsy back,” Quenneville responded to a question about the lineup change. “He's been there mostly all year, so that's where he's at.”
Quenneville later said there were a number of different factors that go into his lineup decisions.
“As a staff we always talk about our options,” Quenneville said. “We look every day whether it's the lines, ice time, who is in the lineup. That's what we evaluate and the decisions we make.”
Regin has experienced both sides of those decisions. He was a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks’ first eight playoff games before playing in their most recent four.
Regin has tried to be a team player when he's been sat out.
“You want to play every game, but it’s the way it is if that’s the case,” said Regin, who played in 17 regular-season games for the Blackhawks after being acquired from the New York Islanders in February. “I pride myself on being a good teammate, and that’s what I’ll do. I was in this position before, so it’s not something I can’t deal with. I’ll try to be ready if I’m called upon again.”
Regin had zero points, a zero plus/minus rating and averaged 11 minutes, 42 seconds of ice time in four playoff games. He also had a 38.6 Corsi percentage (the Blackhawks had 27 shots for and 43 shots against with him on the ice in 5-on-5 situations) and was 13-of-44 on faceoffs in the past four games.