Victor Hedman, who suffered a head injury against Dallas, practiced on Monday and seems ready for his comeback.
“I got through practice today with no limits in my game, so we’ll see what decision they make tomorrow,’’ Hedman told The Tampa Tribune.
Hedman emerged in last season’s playoffs as one of the most solid defenders in the NHL.
“We all know what a big part of our hockey team he is, so we missed him drastically on Saturday,’’ associate coach Rick Bowness said. “It’s nice to see that we can win games without him, but we certainly need him in our lineup.’’
Hedman was hit by forward Jamie Benn late in the second period, with the impact knocking Hedman’s head into the boards. Hedman skated on his own on Sunday and was cleared to return to practice.
“You are always concerned, but with the new technology and the new helmets you are pretty safe,’’ he said. “But I had my head down looking at the ice, so I have to make sure that I have my head up more and don’t put myself in that position. It was a clean hit, just a bang-bang play. But the most important thing is how I feel right now and I feel great, so I’m looking forward to this trip.’’