WILMINGTON – Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely because of an undisclosed injury. Hamilton will be reevaluated in several days, said Claude Julien. Hamilton was hurt in the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on Saturday.
Hamilton’s injury is a significant blow to a team now out of the playoff picture. Hamilton, as Zdeno Chara’s primary partner, is the team’s best three-zone defenseman. In 72 games, Hamilton has 10 goals and 32 assists while averaging 21:20 of ice time per appearance against tough competition.
While Hamilton will most likely be unavailable against Anaheim on Thursday, David Krejci could return after missing the last 15 games because of a partial MCL tear in his left knee. Krejci made it through Tuesday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena, ending the session with battle drills. Krejci said he felt good, but didn’t commit to dressing on Thursday.
The Bruins need Krejci in a big way. They are in an 0-3-2 downturn in which they’ve allowed 15 goals. The Ducks have a league-leading 99 points.
“We just have to come together as a team and find ways to win hockey games,” Milan Lucic said. “We’ve shown throughout this season that when we put our minds to it and want to play the game plan, we can have success. That’s going to be the most important thing heading into Thursday’s game. Not much more you can say than that. The Senators are playing well. We just have to make sure to focus on ourselves and take care of our business. That will give us the best chance to get back in the playoff picture.”
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Daniel Paille/David Krejci
Milan Lucic-Ryan Spooner-David Pastrnak
Loui Eriksson-Carl Soderberg-Reilly Smith
Max Talbot-Chris Kelly/Gregory Campbell-Brian Ferlin
Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Zach Trotman