WILMINGTON — Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton was absent from Monday’s practice, but Claude Julien  was in no rush to reveal why.
“He’s being looked at right now,” Julien said after the practice. “We’ll leave it at that. We’ll give you more tomorrow.”
Hamilton did not play the final six minutes of the Bruins’ 1-0 win over the Sharks Saturday night and finished last among defensemen with a season-low (excluding the Dec. 8 game he left with a lower-body injury) 15:20 of ice time.
The second-year blueliner missed 10 games with the aforementioned lower-body and returned to the lineup on Jan. 2 against the Predators. Asked whether Hamilton’s absence from Monday’s practice was in any way related to that same injury, Julien replied, “I’ll talk to you guys tomorrow.”
If Hamilton is unable to play Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, Kevan Miller could remain in the lineup after playing Saturday’s game in place of Johnny Boychuk , who was back in Boston as he and his wife awaited the arrival of twins. Boychuk was back at practice Monday after the twin girls were born early Monday morning.
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