Julien won't confirm Peverley, Hamilton for Game 2

Julien won't confirm Peverley, Hamilton for Game 2
May 4, 2013, 3:30 pm
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While it appears that Rich Peverley and Dougie Hamilton are going to draw into the lineup based on Claude Julien’s line combinations and D-pairings the past couple of days in practice, the Bruins coach has decided to take the cagey route in refusing to confirm roster decisions prior to game time.

It’s safe to assume at this point that Tuukka Rask will be the starting goaltender, but Julien even referenced Matt Bartkowski as a candidate to fill in for the suspended Andrew Ference when he hasn’t been with the big club since April 25. Instead, he merely said that it will come down to game time decisions, and Kaspars Daugavins did split some shifts at left wing with Peverley in the line rushes.

Julien was pretty mum about Peverley, who wouldn’t confirm that he was back in the lineup.

“He skates, he can shoot the puck, he’s a skilled player,” said Julien of Peverley. “That’s what he’s known for.”

Julien likewise wouldn’t confirm that the 19-year-old Hamilton will make his Stanley Cup playoff debut tonight after logging practice time with Wade Redden over the last couple of days.

“We still have to make a decision between [Hamilton] and Bartkowski or tonight. If [Hamilton] is in, I think he handled his first NHL game extremely well. I wouldn’t see it being a problem if that were the case,” Julien said. “[Bartkowski] came out and played well with us, and left with a good impression. That’s why either he’s coming back or we’re going with Dougie Hamilton tonight. It’s between those two [players].

“Peter Chiarelli has done a good job of providing us with depth, because we’ve lived through those experiences when you have injuries in the playoffs. You want to be able to rely on the people you can put in, and know that they’re going to do the job.”

Julien wouldn’t confirm it with some impressively evasive answers, but it appears both Hamilton and Peverley will get a chance to do their job in Game 2.