It probably shouldn’t come as much surprise, but Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton was nowhere to be seen at practice Tuesday.
The Boston D-man was injured during the Bruins’ shootout loss to the Florida Panthers on Saturday and also missed the Bruins’ loss Sunday to Tampa Bay with an undisclosed injury. Bruins head coach Claude Julien said at the time Hamilton was set to return to Boston for further evaluation.
The Bruins recalled Zach Trotman from Providence in time for Sunday’s game against the Lightning. Trotman was back at the ice for Tuesday’s practice.
There’s still no timetable for Hamilton’s return, as Julien said Tuesday that Hamilton is “out indefinitely” with the injury.
Here are more notes from Tuesday’s practice.
-Hamilton’s absence forced the Bruins to shake up defensive pairings. Here are the pairings they featured at practice, per The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa.
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-Forward Daniel Paille, who took a puck to the mouth Sunday night against the Lightning, was on the ice for practice. Paille said his teeth “were everywhere” after the injury, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he was wearing a full shield Tuesday.
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-Center David Krejci practiced again, including participating in battle drills, and one would think he’d be nearing a return. Krejci skated on a line with Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Paille. Here are the rest of the Bruins’ lines from practice.
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Is a return to game action this week in the cards for Krejci?
“We’ll wait and see,” Julien told reporters Tuesday, according to the Bruins’ Twitter account.
-The Bruins get back to game action Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks, one of the NHL’s top teams. Boston fell out of the playoff picture Monday night after the Ottawa Senators blew by the San Jose Sharks.
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