The Tampa Bay Lightning were being dealt a devastating blow on Friday – a person working day just after Victor Hedman left the team’s 5-1 decline to the Calgary Flames with an apparent damage – announcing that the all-star defenceman will be sidelined 3 to 6 months with a lessen human body damage.
The news will come just a person working day just after the NHL named the rosters for the future All-Star Recreation in Tampa Bay – a record that integrated 4 players from the Lightning which include Hedman. It also will come on the again of yet another significant 12 months for the 27-12 months-aged blueliner.
Hedman: The Injuries
The Lightning defenceman left the video game from Calgary on Thursday at the 6:13 mark of the second interval. He was helped off the ice and went straight to the dressing space just after he strike knees with Flames’ ahead Garnet Hathaway.
Though the damage will surely harm the crew, it could not appear at a much better time as the crew starts their 6-working day bye 7 days. The Lightning will not be again in motion till Jan. 18 when the host the Vegas Golden Knights.
Still, Hedman is most likely to skip yet another few months following the bye 7 days and the crew understands what a significant decline it will be.
“He’s debatable the greatest, or top 3, whichever you want to contact it, defenceman in the league,” reported the team’s captain, Steven Stamkos, in accordance to NHL.com. “He’s a large part of this crew, a large part of this locker space. It’s unfortunate to see him go down like that. You just can’t switch a dude like that, but we’ll have to wait around and see what transpires.”
Hedman: By the Numbers
In 44 online games this period for the Lightning, Hedman has 6 ambitions and 33 factors. His totals are fantastic more than enough for third amid NHL defensemen this period, trailing only John Carlson (34) of the Washington Capitals and John Klingberg (39) of the Dallas Stars.
The second all round select from 2009 is also coming off his greatest 12 months since joining the league where by he had 16 ambitions and 72 factors in 79 online games for Tampa Bay.
He’s averaging virtually 26 minutes for every video game playing in all predicaments. On top of that, he’s a job 52.4 Corsi For Share (CF%) with his figures slightly much better this period at 53.2 CF%.
Vocation-smart, he’s been a stud on the Lightning blue line. He’s collected 71 ambitions and 334 factors in 593 standard period online games in excess of his 9-12 months job. On top of that, Hedman’s tallied 6 ambitions and 37 factors in 65 postseason contests for the Lightning.
He’s sixth all-time in franchise factors and fifth in assists. He prospects the crew in each types amid defensemen and ranks second in ambitions, a person driving Pavel Kubina for the all-time direct.
Useless to say, the crew will skip his offence as they search to hold on to the Atlantic Division direct in his absence.
Achievable All-Star Replacements
As for the future All-Star Recreation, it is unfortunate that Hedman will not be equipped to delight in the festivities in front of his residence group at Amalie Arena, but the gap left by the two-time all-star will have to be stuffed.
With that reported, there are a selection of players who could acquire his area which include Toronto’s Morgan Rielly who is sixth in defensive scoring, Tampa’s very own Mikhail Sergachev who has 26 factors in his initial period with the club or Boston’s Charlie McAvoy who has impressed on each sides of the puck so considerably this period.