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Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates his goal during the first period of Tuesday's win over the Kings in Los Angeles. With the Lightning down to just four defensemen for the game, Hedman played a team high 32:18.
The team’s salary-cap situation makes replacing injured players difficult. Its lack of roster maneuverability makes it even tougher.
Tampa Bay will have time off in February, but it won’t be continuous.
The former FSU star was back in the Rams’ lineup 5 -1/2 months after tearing an Achilles tendon.
Two of the Bucs’ three Pro Bowl offensive linemen would not have participated Wednesday had it been more than a walk-through practice, Bruce Arians says.

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  1. USF's Elena Tsineke drives to the basket for a layup past Tulsa's Maddie Bittle on Wednesday at the Yuengling Center.
  2. Florida's Tyree Appleby (22), shown here during a game last season, scores 17 points Wednesday in a win over Mississippi State.
  3. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates his goal during the first period of Tuesday's win over the Kings in Los Angeles. With the Lightning down to just four defensemen for the game, Hedman played a team high 32:18.
  4. Lightning right wing Corey Perry (10) and Avalanche left wing J.T. Compher (37) scrap during a game in October. The teams will play Feb. 10 in Colorado.
  5. Bucs offensive tackle Tristan Wirfs (78) is attended to on the field during the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Tampa.
  6. Roughly six months after tearing his right Achilles tendon, Rams tailback Cam Akers totaled 95 yards in Monday night's 34-11 playoff romp of the Cardinals.
  7. The NHL fined Kings center Phillip Danault $5,000, the maximum allowed by the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for tripping the Lightning's Brayden Point from behind during Tuesday's game in Los Angeles.
  8. Right-handed pitcher Shane Baz, at No. 8, was the top-ranked Ray in Baseball America's top 100 prospects for 2022.
  9. The NFL fined Bucs coach Bruce Arians $50,000 for slapping the helmet of safety Andrew Adams during Sunday’s win over the Eagles.
  10. Max Salebra, 10 and from Madeira Beach, won his age group for "American Ninja Warrior Junior."
  11. This undated photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. The University of Michigan has agreed to a $490 million settlement with hundreds of people who say they were sexually assaulted by the former sports doctor at the school.
  12. USF's Trey Moss shoots over Houston center Josh Carlton during the first half Tuesday.
  13. Yesterday• Florida State Seminoles
    Fans flood the court celebrating Florida State's 79-78 overtime win over No. 6 Duke on Tuesday in Tallahassee.
  14. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman celebrates his goal during the third period of Tuesday's game against the Kings in Los Angeles.
  15. Seattle Kraken left wing Jared McCann takes off from center ice to shoot a penalty shot against the Chicago Blackhawks during a game Monday in Seattle. The NHL will stop testing asymptomatic players, coaches and staff who are fully vaccinated following the All-Star break in early February.
  16. Tom Brady ended up with more than 400 passing yards in a 34-24 loss to the Rams in September, but he also got sacked three times and lost a fumble against the fierce Los Angeles pass rush.
  17. Lightning center Steven Stamkos, who will appear in his seventh All-Star Game, is among the league's top scorers this season.
  18. USF guard Elena Tsineke says part of the Fab Four's chemistry derives from the fact that although they come from widely different backgrounds and faraway places, they have compassion in common.
  19. The Rays, shown in 2021 action, are scheduled to play their 2022 spring home opener in Port Charlotte on Feb. 27.
  20. Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, sponsored a bill that would require Florida professional sports teams receiving government money to play the national anthem before every home game.
  21. Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles reportedly will interview this week for the head-coaching jobs in Chicago and Minnesota.
  22. Bucs quarterback Tom Brady isn't one to hang onto the ball. That was never truer than in Sunday's wild-card game.
  23. Tom McManaman (standing) and his former youth league hockey players at his 90th birthday party in Clearwater. The players, seated from left to right, are Dan Gould, Ward Welles and Jim Federman.
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