Victor Hedman out against Kings due to illness
The Lightning can't catch a break.
Just as Tampa Bay prepared to open a make-or-break six-game road trip, it found out top defenseman Victor Hedman would miss Monday's game against the Kings. Apparently, Hedman is sick, which is why he came out for warmups and left early.
The Lightning hopes Hedman feels better fast, as he's one player it can ill afford to lose. And Tampa Bay plays Tuesday in Anaheim. Hedman, a first-time All-Star, ranks second on the team in points (38) and averages more than 24 minutes a game. On a blueline that lacks depth, Hedman is the stablizing force, and plays both power play and penalty kill.
With Hedman out, both Luke Witkowski and Nikita Nesterov were in the lineup.