BOSTON -- The Bruins will be without Dougie Hamilton “for a little bit” after he was diagnosed with a mild concussion following last weekend’s win over the San Jose Sharks. The 20-year-old defenseman missed the final six minutes of the Saturday night win over the Sharks, and wasn’t spotted on the practice ice Monday while being evaluated by doctors.
Hamilton had been back only five games after missing nearly a month with a sprained MCL, and now the defenseman goes on the shelf for another stint in the middle of the season.
“He was diagnosed with a mild concussion, so he’ll be out for a little bit,” said Claude Julien. “But we don’t anticipate it being too long.”
The injury puts Kevan Miller back into the lineup for the Black and Gold, a rugged stay-at-home rookie defenseman to whom the Bruins are clearly comfortable giving shifts when the game is on the line.
“He’s solid,” said Julien. “San Jose is physically a solid team, and Miller is a big, strong player. He’s able to handle that, and he was having a good game [Saturday night]. The ice time goes to people that deserve it, and we thought he was solid on Saturday night.”
Patrice Bergeron and Ryan Spooner were both missing from the ice on Tuesday morning skate at TD Garden, but are both expected to be in the lineup against the Maple Leafs. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Tuesday morning skate: