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Is Lightning D Victor Hedman playing in Game 2 vs. Maple Leafs?

Tampa Bay defenseman is dealing with an injury and is a game-time decision for Thursday night.

Tampa Bay Lightning Defenceman Victor Hedman reacts during warmup before the Round 1 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 18, 2023, at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada. Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

6:33 p.m. ET update: Victor Hedman is out for tonight’s Game 2 showdown with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He did not take part in pregame warmups.

Tampa Bay Lightning D Victor Hedman is dealing with an undisclosed injury and is a game-time decision for Game 2 of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto at 7 p.m. ET. Hedman only skated 6:35 of ice time in Game 1 before exiting. The Lightning would go on to win 7-3 and score four power-play goals.

Hedman only missed six games during the regular season and has played a ton of playoff hockey over the past decade or so, going to the Stanley Cup Final on four occasions, winning twice. Hedman’s absence would be a big blow to Tampa Bay, which upset Toronto in Game 1 to take home-ice advantage. The Lightning defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games in the 2022 playoffs.

It appears at -170 on the ML on DraftKings Sportsbook, the status of Hedman is baked into the line for the Maple Leafs. It’s not a bad value on Tampa Bay at +145. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 28 saves on 31 shots in Game 1. If he heats up in Game 2, it could mean he steals a contest. Last season, the Leafs were able to get toe Vasilevskiy but lost Game 6 in OT and got stifled in Game 7.