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Bruins’ Hamilton likely to make playoff debut tonight

May 4, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 10, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 5-4.
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The Boston Bruins decided to make 19-year-old defenseman Dougie Hamilton a healthy scratch for Game 1 on Wednesday. Boston earned a 4-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in that contest, but blueliner Andrew Ference earned a one-game suspension for elbowing Mikhail Grabovski.

That forced the Bruins to shake up their defensive pairings and it looks like Hamilton will probably make his postseason debut, according to the Boston Globe.

Hamilton had five goals and 16 points in 42 regular season games as a rookie. He was selected with one of the draft picks the Boston Bruins gained from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Phil Kessel trade.

The blueliner is projected to play on the third pairing with 35-year-old Wade Redden.

Rich Peverley might also be inserted into the lineup and play on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr.

  1. nunan - May 4, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Peverley led the team in scoring last year in their first round loss. Excited to see him in there. I think a lot of this team’s struggle all year is because they have a problem getting up for regular season games, given that they won it all recently. That sucks in general but when it comes to the playoffs, the are able to snap out of it. So many players played great last game and now that the third line is what is should be, as far as personnel, I think they’ll make a difference and I think Peverley will become the dangerous, speedy player we’ve seen in the past. They’ve all seemed to wake up (hope it continues) so I think Peverley will wake up, too.

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 4, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    After dominating the Leafs last game it certainly makes sense to shake up your offensive line-up….ugh

    • nunan - May 4, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      They didn’t really shake it up. They replaced Daugavins, who has zero impact, with Peverley who can be a real threat.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 4, 2013 at 8:59 PM

        Peverley is only a threat to the people sitting at ice level if one of his missed shots makes it through a photographer’s hole

      • nunan - May 5, 2013 at 12:32 AM

        no denying he is better than Daugavins.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 5, 2013 at 1:13 AM

        Daugavins is a better talent match with Jagr than Peverley.
        Peverley also played horrendous again tonight. He’s been terrible all season as well.

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