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Victor Hedman is back in action tonight

Jan 31, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

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Victor Hedman‘s recovery from a concussion is at an end.

Hedman will be back in the Lightning lineup tonight against the Capitals after missing 14 games with the brain injury. Hedman rejoins a Lightning team that’s won four games in a row and could use any and all the help they can get on defense. Hedman tells Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune that he couldn’t feel better.

“I feel awesome,” Hedman said after the 65-minute practice. “I feel good and ready to play. I want to be in the lineup all the time and contribute and do whatever it takes to help the team win.”

They’ll need his big body and defensive presence to help both Dwayne Roloson and Mathieu Garon out in goal to keep the Lightning’s winning ways rolling along. Hedman has two goals and four assists this season and a plus/minus rating of -12 and has been playing a ton of minutes averaging over 22 a game.

  1. lsxphotog - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Glad to see him back. He’ll make a big impact for the team on the blue line…but Tampa has to question the fact their blue line is held down by Hedman…a 21-year-old defenseman, and Eric Brewer…who’s playing far too many minutes for his age and abilities. Tampa needs a prime blueliner to pair up with Hedman and bump Brewer and Kubie down to two and it would give them less ice time and they could play better…but that’s wishful thinking at this point of the year. haha

    Waiting for a dumb Pens fan to make a comment about how he got what he deserved…

  2. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    like hedman makes a difference. hes no soup can sid

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      Oh look, another relevant comment from pittsburghpooslayer on a post that has nothing to do with the man of his dreams.

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