WILMINGTON -- Dougie Hamilton only recently made his return to the Bruins lineup from a sprained right MCL, but the second-year defenseman was once again missing from practice with an undisclosed injury on Monday.
Claude Julien wouldn’t say whether the injury was connected to the sprained knee from which Hamilton returned on Jan. 2 after missing nearly four weeks. The coach said only that the team would have more information tomorrow.
Hamilton originally sprained the knee in a Dec. 8 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the most recent “Behind the B” episode chronicled his comeback from the MCL sprain.
“He’s being looked at right now,” Julien said after practice. “We’ll leave it at that. We’ll give you more tomorrow.”
Hamilton played only 15:20 of ice time in the B’s win over the San Jose Sharks last weekend, the second-lowest ice total of the season for the 20-year-old. That was more minutes than only the Leafs game where he originally sprained the knee. He was missing from the final six minutes of the win over San Jose.
With Hamilton missing the Bruins are back to six healthy defensemen now that Johnny Boychuk is also back in the fold. The veteran B’s blueliner returned from Mass General Hospital to practice after his twin daughters were born at 2:27 a.m. and 2:57 a.m. after a weekend-long delivery.
With Hamilton off the ice and Boychuk back in the fold, here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning practice: