As the Tampa Bay Lightning prepare for their upcoming game, head coach Jon Cooper has announced that star defenseman Victor Hedman remains a game-time decision. Hedman has been dealing with an injury he sustained in Game 1, and his absence could have a significant impact on the team’s performance. Hedman has been a crucial part of the Lightning’s blue line since being drafted second overall in the 2009 NHL draft.
In his 156 playoff appearances, the talented defenseman has scored 22 goals and provided 85 assists, totaling 107 points. Additionally, Hedman has a +23 rating and 92 penalty minutes. His impressive resume includes a Norris Trophy win (2017-2018), a Conn Smythe Trophy (2019-2020), and two Stanley Cup championships (2019-2020, 2020-2021).
The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs 7-3 in Game 1, but the series is far from over. Both teams are expected to engage in a hard-fought battle throughout the remainder of the series. The potential absence of Hedman, combined with the already sidelined Erik Cernak, poses a considerable challenge for Tampa Bay’s defensive unit.