Hedman recorded two power-play assists in Monday's 6-3 win over the Rangers. The 27-year-old now has 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) in his last 13 games, and eight of those helpers have come with the man advantage. With so much of his production coming on the power play, Hedman's plus-minus is suffering -- he's at an even zero through 25 games after ringing up a plus-32 rating last season -- but he's already hit double-digit PP points for the sixth straight campaign, and he's too talented not to start picking up the pace at even strength as well.
Hedman picked up two assists in Thursday's 5-4 victory over Buffalo. Hedman is slowly starting to wake up offensively. He has seven points (one goal, six helpers) in his last seven games, but only 11 in 19 games. Hedman won't deliver the 63 points he did last year, but fantasy owners are starting to breathe a sigh of relief now that he is picking up his game.
Hedman's goal Monday against the Predators was his fourth of the season and 371st career point. That total ties him with former Bolt Vinny Prospal for fifth on the team's all-time scoring list. Hedman now has a point in each of his last two games and three in five since his return from injury. He's not yet at last year's level, but Hedman will hopefully be back to his elite self very soon.
Hedman (upper body) will return to action Saturday against the visiting Senators, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. In checking out Tampa Bay's active roster, you will see that Hedman has officially been activated from injured reserve. The reigning Norris Trophy winner missed the past seven games, but he'll be in his usual spot on the top defensive pair and No. 1 power-play unit.
Per coach Jon Cooper, Hedman (upper body) is nearing a return to the lineup, but he won't play Thursday against the Islanders, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Hedman will miss a seventh consecutive game Thursday, but it sounds like he could be ready to return as soon as Saturday against the Senators. The 27-year-old blueliner was having a somewhat slow start to the season prior to his injury, totaling two goals and four points in nine contests, so he'll undoubtedly be looking to pick up his offensive production after receiving a clean bill of health.
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