Later this afternoon Robyn Regehr will head out for his first ‘real’ road trip with the Kings. Yes, the team stayed in a hotel Saturday night – prior to the game vs. Anaheim on Sunday. But, they’ll now fly to Dallas, where he’ll get the full experience. And it’s something he’s fully embracing.
“It’s nice because you get a chance to maybe grab a dinner or something with some guys and get to know them a little bit better,” said the 32-year old defenseman. “I’ve been on the road a lot here this last month though, seeing a lot of hotel rooms. But, I’m looking forward to maybe trying to talk to more guys on the bus, and on the plane, and maybe at the hotel.”
It certainly has been a whirlwind week for Regehr. Last Monday night he was out to dinner when the Sabres asked him to waive his no-trade clause. Tuesday brought a deal to LA and he’s played a lot of hockey ever since.
“It’s not too bad,” said Regehr, when asked how his body was holding up after grinding out three games in four nights since arriving from Buffalo.
The game in Anaheim on Sunday even saw him rack up a season-high 25:30 of ice time. Yet, there’s no complaints from Regehr - well, except for maybe one thing.
“I think (yesterday) was just a hard fought road game that, for the most part, we played pretty well and had lots of opportunities. It would have been nice to be able to challenge that second goal, I think. It looked like he was a little bit offsides from the bench. But, at this time of year, the games are going to tighten right up and all be close.”
There always seems to be a debate about the rivalry between Los Angeles and Anaheim. So, is there really much of one at all? We let the new guy weigh in on things.
“I think it felt a little bit different than the last two (games),” he said. “There was a good mix of fans, both from the Anaheim and LA side. You noticed it when goals were scored, on both sides. Anaheim’s side was a little bit louder, but we had a good contingent of fans here. I also think with the intensity of the game, right from the start, it’s evident that these teams don’t really like each other. There was also a little bit of chippy play. But, that’s what makes for good hockey games usually – good intensity, physical play and good entertainment.”
Next up for Regehr and the Kings, another division opponent, when the play the Stars in Dallas on Tuesday. Expect more physical, chippy play. It’s par for the course.
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