Hedman ruled out for Game 4 as Lightning look to avoid sweep
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The Tampa Bay Lightning will be without their best defenseman when they try to stave off elimination.

Victor Hedman won't play in Game 4 against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said after the morning skate.

Hedman also missed Game 3 of the first-round series Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

The reigning Norris Trophy winner notched 54 points in 70 regular-season games during 2018-19.

Cooper added Tuesday that Anton Stralman will also miss Game 4. Stralman has been out with what the club classified as a lower-body injury and last played in Tampa Bay's penultimate regular-season game on April 4.

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