Hedman expected to miss at least a week after crushing hit

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The reigning Norris Trophy winner is expected to be sidelined at least a week after getting drilled by Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves on Friday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning said Saturday that Victor Hedman will be re-evaluated in a weeks’ time after getting catapulted awkwardly into the boards after Reaves laid the open ice hit.

Here’s the clip of the hit:

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said the hit wasn’t being treated as a concussion after the game. It appears that Hedman’s shoulder took the brunt of the impact, but his head did hit the boards. Hedman didn’t have any issue getting up, it seemed, but he has had a history of concussions.

Hedman is averaging nearly 21 minutes a night, third among defenseman on the Lightning. He has two goals and four points in nine games played and has contributed to the Lightning giving up the second-fewest number of goals (20) so far this season heading into Saturday’s action.

The Lightning are off to a hot start with a 7-1-1 record, including three straight wins. They face the lowly Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in the second half of a back to back.


Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck