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Lightning’s Victor Hedman, Alex Killorn iffy for Game 4

Tampa Bay could be battling a three-game deficit without a core defenseman and forward.

This is one of the worst times for an injury bug to hit the Lightning.

Tampa Bay may be without star defenseman Victor Hedman and core forward Alex Killorn on Tuesday night in Columbus.

Hedman, who hasn’t practiced since leaving Game 2 in Tampa after a scrum with Columbus’ Josh Anderson and sat out Game 3, missed Monday’s optional skate.

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Coach Jon Cooper said it’s doubtful that Hedman will return for Game 4.

Killorn, meanwhile, came off the ice limping Sunday and tested out some hard stops during a timeout with about 10 minutes remaining in the third period. Cooper said it’s too soon to tell if Killorn will be unavailable Tuesday.

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Anton Stralman also remains questionable. The defenseman has not skated in the lineup since the last games of the regular season against the Canadiens and the Maple Leafs.

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