The Tampa Bay Lightning got a big blow to their blue line Friday when it was announced that defenceman Victor Hedman would miss the next three to six weeks with a lower-body injury. While the news is bad for the Lightning, they’ve banked lots of points and should still be a favourite come playoff time.

But the news does hurt the Atlantic Division all-stars, who will be without one of the league’s best defenders for the 3-on-3 tournament at the end of January.

While replacing a player who is third among all blueliners in scoring is next to impossible, there are some good defencemen out there who could represent the Atlantic during all-star weekend.

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