- Arash Markazi, ESPN Staff Writer
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr, who has been out for a month with a knee injury, is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the New York Rangers on Saturday.
"He'll probably play," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after Friday's practice.
Regehr had been cleared to play before the start of the finals but sat out of Wednesday's game with an eye toward possibly returning Saturday.
"I feel ready," Regehr said. "It just comes down to a coach's decision, what they want to do with the lineup. ... I feel good."
Regehr, who suffered the knee injury in Game 1 of the team's Western Conference semifinal series against the Anaheim Ducks, had already been cleared for contact. He skated with his teammates last week for the first time since suffering the injury and went through Friday's practice with no setbacks. He could replace Matt Greene in the lineup.
"I think it's going to be a coach's decision," Regehr said Wednesday. "I think that I've been working hard at getting back to feeling like I can be ready to roll. At this point it's whatever Darryl would like me to be. If he feels he would like me in the lineup, I feel like I'm ready to go. If he wants to stay with the same lineup that was successful in Game 7 against Chicago, I totally understand that, too."
While Regehr has been out since May 3, he has been skating with the team since Game 6 of the conference finals against the Blackhawks and believes that time with the team during practice and warm-ups will help with the rust factor when and if he ultimately returns during the Cup finals.
"It was nice to go into even just the warm-up in Game 7 against Chicago because there's the physical part of the game but something even more important is the preparation, the mental side of it," Regehr said. "Being with the guys in there and going through the mental preparation that was really important because I hadn't done that for four weeks. That type of stuff needs to come around, too. It's not just how you are doing physically."
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