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Hedman out with injury for Tampa Bay, which has won six straight; Philadelphia seeks 13th victory in 15 games

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

LIGHTNING (45-11-4) at FLYERS (28-24-7)



The Game

Victor Hedman won't be in the lineup for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they face the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

Hedman, the 2017-18 Norris Trophy winner as the best defenseman in the NHL, sustained a lower-body injury during the first period of the Lightning's 5-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday. The Lightning won their sixth consecutive game and are 8-0-2 this month. Coach Jon Cooper said he's day to day.

Tampa Bay has 94 points, 15 more than any team in the League.

Goalie Carter Hart is expected to start his third straight game for the Flyers, who are 12-1-1 in their past 14. Philadelphia is six points behind the Montreal Canadiens for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.


Players to watch

Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov had two goals and three assists against the Blue Jackets and leads the NHL with 99 points (29 goals, 70 assists).

Flyers forward Sean Couturier has six points (one goal, five assists) during a three-game point streak, and 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in his past 10 games.


They said it

"Not a lot of secrets in this League. His point total has increased every single year. You see the players out against him every single night, he's always facing the best D's. [Kucherov] is on the map in this League and now he's separated himself as an elite player in the best league in the world and he's fun to watch." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper on forward Nikita Kucherov

"Huge measuring stick. They've won [six] in a row, most points in the League, probably the best offense in the League, one of the best goalies in the League. Lot of things for us to measure ourselves up against." -- Flyers coach Scott Gordon


Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Tyler Johnson

Yanni Gourde -- Brayden Point -- Nikita Kucherov

Alex Killorn -- Anthony Cirelli -- J.T. Miller

Adam Erne -- Cedric Paquette -- Mathieu Joseph

Anton Stralman -- Dan Girardi

Ryan McDonagh -- Erik Cernak

Braydon Coburn -- Mikhail Sergachev

Louis Domingue

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Scratched: Danick Martel, Ryan Callahan, Jan Rutta

Injured: Victor Hedman (lower body)


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Travis Konecny

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

Scott Laughton -- Nolan Patrick -- Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl -- Phil Varone -- Justin Bailey

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Andrew MacDonald

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Philippe Myers , Cam Talbot, Mike McKenna

Injured: Michal Neuvirth (lower body)


Status report

Stralman will replace Hedman after being scratched Monday, and Rutta was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League. ... Elliott was recalled from his conditioning stint in the American Hockey League and activated from injured reserve. He has been out since Nov. 15 with a lower-body injury. Myers will be scratched after making his NHL debut as the seventh defensemen against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday. Talbot, acquired in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on Friday, could have his visa finalized in time to join the Flyers for their game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Thursday.


Stat pack

Stamkos has 11 points (five goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak. Point has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) during a six-game point streak. ... Hart is 10-1-0 with a 2.53 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his past 11 games. Voracek has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in the past 10 games.

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