Hamilton and Peverley Expected in Game 2

The suspension of Andrew Ference has left the Bruins with a hole along their backline for game 2 against the Maple Leafs and it looks as if it will be Dougie Hamilton getting the nod in his absence.

In Friday’s practice, Claude Julien had Hamilton skating alongside Wade Redden on Boston’s third line defensive pairing. Saturday night will be Hamilton’s first career playoff game assuming things remain unchanged. Zdeno Chara and Adam McQuaid were featured on the top line, while Dennis Seidenberg was paired with Johnny Boychuk on the Bruins second line.

Rich Peverley will also likely make a return to the Bruins lineup after watching game 1 from the press box. Julien had Peverley skating with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr on line three in practice. Kaspars Daugavins dressed in favor of Peverley Wednesday night.

When asked about Peverley’s status, Julien said, “I don’t think we intended on sitting him out the whole time. We started off with a lineup that we thought was deserving of starting the last game. We have an opportunity here moving forward to decide what we want to do.”

Frank O’Laughlin – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports

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