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Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg to return vs. Predators, Niklas Svedberg to start 01.02.14 at 12:02 pm ET
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The banged-up Bruins will get two players back from injury Thursday night as Dougie Hamilton (lower-body) and Carl Soderberg (concussion symptoms) will be in the lineup vs. the Predators. Goaltender Niklas Svedberg was recalled Thursday morning and will make his NHL debut.

Hamilton has not played since Dec. 8 but took line rushes with Matt Bartkowski in Thursday’s morning skate. After the skate, Claude Julien said that both Hamilton and Soderberg would play. With Hamilton back on the Bruins’ blue line, Kevan Miller will be a healthy scratch.

Svedberg was recalled last week with the team intending to start him last Saturday. However, the team had to send him back to Providence in order to recall Zach Trotman in wake of Dennis Seidenberg‘s season-ending torn ACL/MCL.

“That’s how it works,” Svedberg said Thursday of his bad luck last weekend. “You just move on and go back to Providence, play there and wait to get another chance. Fortunately, I got that pretty soon [after].”

The 24-year-old Svedberg has appeared in 22 games for Providence this season, going 13-5-3 with a .909 save percentage and a 2.87 save-percentage. Though Chad Johnson won the NHL backup job out of training camp, the Bruins had said they intended to get Svedberg into some NHL games this season.

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Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg near return, Loui Eriksson still not close 01.01.14 at 1:15 pm ET
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Both Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg are possibilities for Thursday’s game against the Predators. As such, the Bruins sent forward Nick Johnson back to Providence on Wednesday.

Hamilton, who has not played since Dec. 8 due to a lower-body injury, has been given the “full go” by the team’s medical staff and is “certainly a possibility” for Thursday’s game, according to B’s head coach Claude Julien.

Julien added that Soderberg has also been cleared and “should be in the lineup” against Nashville. The 28-year-old practiced Wednesday wearing a third-line jersey. Soderberg has missed the last two games with concussion symptoms but said Wednesday that he did not have a concussion.

‘€œNo, it was not a concussion,” Soderberg said. “I was fine. Yeah, I’€™m all set to go.’€

Loui Eriksson was also on the ice for Wednesday’s practice, but he wore a green jersey (which are usually only used designate extra players) and did not take contact. Julien said that Eriksson, who is working his way back from his second concussion of the season, is “still a ways away” from returning to Boston’s lineup.

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B’s send Nick Johnson, David Warsofsky to Providence 12.24.13 at 3:25 pm ET
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The Bruins on Tuesday assigned forward Nick Johnson and defenseman David Warsofsky to AHL Providence, an indication that some of the injured B’s are ready to return.

Johnson, a former Dartmouth College star, played in seven games since his call-up on Dec. 10, recording no points or penalty minutes, with six shots on goal.

Warsofsky, from Marshfield and Boston University, made his NHL debut on Thursday against the Sabres. He collected five shots but no points in three games.

Forward Daniel Paille (out seven games with concussion symptoms) and defenseman Dougie Hamilton (out since Dec. 8 with a lower-body injury) have made progress as they’ve recovered from their injuries, but Paille did not travel to Nashville for Monday’s game and Hamilton, though he has been skating, has yet to practice with the team. The B’s could ice six defensemen without him and Warsofsky thanks to the recent return of Adam McQuaid. With McQuaid returning to the lineup Monday, the B’s made Matt Bartkowski a healthy scratch against the Predators.

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Dougie Hamilton (lower body) begins skating 12.21.13 at 6:43 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton skated for the first time Saturday morning since suffering a lower-body injury on Dec. 8. The Bruins said following his injury that he would miss between two and four weeks.

“He started skating for the first time this morning, so it was his first time on the ice,” Claude Julien said prior to Saturday’s game. “We’ll see how he progresses.”

Hamilton is the second injured Bruin to return to the ice this week, as Daniel Paille (concussion symptoms) began skating Friday and is expected to return to practicing with the team on Sunday.

“He’s skating, coming along,” Julien said of Paille Saturday. “He should be skating with our team tomorrow.

Adam McQuaid (lower body) was kept out of Saturday’s lineup, but he is a “possibility” to play Monday in Nashville, according to Julien. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli had said Wednesday that the B’s might keep him out through the Christmas break as a means of getting him more rest.

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Dougie Hamilton out at least a week, Kevan Miller expected to play Tuesday 12.08.13 at 11:46 pm ET
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Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out for at least a week, Claude Julien told reporters after Sunday’s game.

Hamilton left the Bruins’ 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs in the first period following a hit along the boards. The injury is lower-body and Hamilton will fly to Boston Monday to be be evaluated.

Kevan Miller, who also left the game after being hit from behind by Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf, is likely to play Tuesday against the Flames. Julien said that the status of Johnny Boychuk will determine whether the B’s call up a defenseman for Tuesday, with the team “more optimistic than pessimistic” that Boychuk will be available.

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Dougie Hamilton steps up against Toronto, adding to his second-year improvement 11.09.13 at 11:58 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton saw his three-game point streak come to an end Saturday night. He couldn’€™t get off the ice during a two-and-a-half-minute shift in the second period. And he said after the game that he didn’€™t know where the phrase ‘€œJekyll and Hyde’€ came from.

There you go. Those are all the things that went wrong for Hamilton in the Bruins’€™ 3-1 win over Toronto. The list of things that went right is much, much longer, as the 20-year-old defenseman played arguably his best game of the season, and maybe the best of his young career.

With Adam McQuaid playing just 44 seconds before leaving the game with an injury, the rest of the Bruins’€™ defense corps had to pick up his minutes. But it was Hamilton who saw the biggest spike in playing time. He wound up playing 24:43, a career high for a 60-minute game and a full five minutes more than his season average entering Saturday.

“His first part of the year he was in and out a little bit. But he’€™s played really solid for us,” Claude Julien said after the game. “Offensively he continues to make good decisions, good plays, very aggressive. Defensively he’€™s becoming better and better all the time. So he’€™s a young player — he’€™s a 20-year-old — but with experience, he’€™s starting to flourish and he just has to keep going that way.”

Hamilton would’€™ve picked up a couple extra minutes no matter what, but the way he played warranted even more than that. He created a number of scoring chances in the offensive zone, including one in the first where he made a nice move around Nikolai Kulemin at the blue line before zipping a pass over to David Krejci, only to have Krejci flip the shot off the side of the net. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bruins season preview: Defense/goalie projections 10.01.13 at 8:24 am ET
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Here’s the second installment of the player projections for the 2013-14 season, featuring defensemen and goalies. For a look at the forwards, click here.

Note: It’€™s silly to predict injuries, so all players’€™ projections will assume they play somewhere in the 75-82-game range. Extra forwards/defensemen aren’t shown given the uncertainty of whether (and where) they’ll play. 

DEFENSEMEN

Zdeno Chara: 13 goals, 37 assists, 50 points

Chara wasn’€™t bad in the Stanley Cup finals; he was hurt. When he isn’€™t hurt, he’€™s one of the best defensemen in the game. It’€™s as simple as that.

Dennis Seidenberg: 5 goals, 22 assists, 27 points

It’€™s a contract year for the 32-year-old Seidenberg, so he’€™ll have plenty of motivation to perform. Depending on what happens cap-wise and given the Bruins’ group of young defensemen, this could very well be Seidenberg’s last season in Boston.

Dougie Hamilton: 10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points

Don’€™t forget how good Hamilton was at the start of last season. If he can sustain that throughout this campaign, the 10-goal mark is certainly within reach.

Torey Krug: 11 goals, 19 assists, 30 points

After what he did against the Rangers, people’€™s expectations of Krug might be a little high, but here’€™s what we do know: He can skate, he’€™s smart, and he’€™ll be on the power play. Points will find him.

Johnny Boychuk: 4 goals, 15 assists, 19 points

Johnny Rocket turned into Johnny Wrist Shot last postseason. It will be interesting to see if his offensive success changes his regular-season approach.

Adam McQuaid: 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points

McQuaid isn’€™t there for his offense, which actually makes him a logical defensive partner to balance out Krug.

GOALIES 

Tuukka Rask: 54 starts, 2.20 goals-against average, .922 save-percentage

This isn’t a suggestion that Rask will take a step backwards performance-wise, but smaller goalie pads plus a Red Wings team that should score more than it did let season minus Andrew Ference should equal more human numbers.

The only question regarding Rask there should be is whether he can physically handle a full season and playoffs, something he’s never done as a starter at the NHL level. Rask did play 57 regular-season games and 16 playoff contests in the 2008-09 season for Providence, but he hadn’t played into late June in the previous season.

Chad Johnson: 28 starts, 2.41 goals-against average, .912 save-percentage

The 27-year-old Johnson doesn’t have a ton of NHL experience (10 games), but he’s been good at the NHL level with a 1.97 GAA, .929 save percentage and a shutout. We’ll see how good a replacement for Anton Khudobin he ends up being.

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