Tampa Bay’s Hedman to miss 3-6 weeks

by Gary Shelton on January 13, 2018 · 0 comments

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Hedman has led the Lightning's defense all season./CARMEN MANDATO

Hedman has led the Lightning's defense all season./CARMEN MANDATO

Saturday, 2 a.m.

If you are an optimist, if you hoped that a band-aid and an aspirin would make Victor Hedman okay overnight, it was bad news.

But if you are pessimist, if you feared the worst for Hedman, it was good news.

The truth is probably somewhere in between. Hedman will miss between three weeks and six, enough to impact the Lightning but not enough to derail an excellent season.

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If Hedman were to miss three weeks, it would be a few as seven games. If he were to miss as many as six, it would mean as many as 17 games.

Either way, Hedman is sure to be missed. He has been the linebacker of the Bolts' defense, and his 25:56 of ice time ranks sixth in the league. Without him, the team probably will not be as efficient, even though it was 12-4-1 in 17 games in 2015.

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