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Lightning Round: Victor Hedman day-to-day with upper body injury

Victor Hedman celebrating the team's Stanley Cup Final berth, September 2020
Courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning via Twitter

There was a big Swedish hole in the Lightning defense last night in their 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Victor Hedman, who had left Saturday’s game against Seattle, was scratched from the line-up with Haydn Fleury drawing in for the second consecutive game.

Mikhail Sergachev (26:37) and Darren Raddysh (20:00) both eclipsed the 20 minute mark in playing time while Calvin de Haan skated for 18:24. With Hedman out, Sergachev took his spot on the first power play unit while Raddysh backfilled the point position on the second unit.

As you can see from the Tweet above, Hedman’s status is “day-to-day” and Coach Cooper said he was “game time” prior to match-up with Vancouver. Calling up Philippe Myers seemed to be precautionary, especially with the flu bug scampering around the locker room. It’s a good sign that the he hasn’t been placed on injured reserve, and hopefully the extra day off will have him ready for Edmonton on Thursday.

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