|Zach Hamill hopes to make another good impression||12.13.11 at 1:26 pm ET|
He’s no Gregory Campbell, but Zach Hamill is ready to step in and center the fourth line Tuesday against the Kings.
The B’s recalled Hamill Monday night from Providence, and as fans will remember, the former eighth overall pick impressed in his brief stint in Boston last month. He assisted a Jordan Caron goal while playing on the third line in place of the injured Rich Peverley against the Oilers, and even stayed in the lineup at the expense of Benoit Pouliot the following game.
This time around, Hamill figures to play on the fourth line, which enforcer Shawn Thornton dubbed the “Merlot Line” two seasons ago. It’s a tougher line that relies on a grind-it-out style and tries to throw as many pucks on net as possible. Hamill admitted Tuesday that he’ll have to adapt to their style a bit, but that he isn’t concerned.
“Yes and no,” Hamill said when asked whether being on the fourth line means he’ll need to ramp it up physically. “I go out there every night and try to compete. I’m not going to go out there and hit 15 guys. Go out there and compete on pucks, go to the net and be good in all three zones.”
This season, the last of Hamill’s deal with the B’s, has seen more bright spots than seasons past. He was drafted as a center in 2007 and played the position in Providence until this season, when he began playing as a wing primarily. He had 13 points in his first 16 games in Providence, and impressed in his two NHL games.
“I think I was coming in here in the start with an open mind, coming in here and trying to get better every day, and that’s what I’ve kind of been doing,” Hamill said of the strides he’s made this season. “I’ve still got that mindset. I’m not looking too far ahead and not looking back also. It’s kind of been just going forward and keeping my mind on myself.”
Hamill’s been getting a lot of work on special teams in Providence, being relied on when the opponent has a 5-on-3, and feeling that this season has made him a more complete player.
Said Hamill: “I feel like I can play on any line. If it’s a skill game or keeping it a more simple game, I think I can do that. I think my work ethic and my versatility kind of shows that I can do that.”
While it’s been a generally positive season for Hamill, he’s been quiet on the stat sheet of late. He has just one point, a goal, over his last nine games. All things considered, he feels good about his game and hopes he can continue to make a better impression than he may have in previous seasons.
“It’s been a little slower stat-wise [in recent games], but I think everywhere else, I’ve felt that I’ve been playing pretty good,” he said. “The chances are there. I’m shooting the puck more. I think my shots have been going up, so it’s been good. A lot of penalty-killing and getting out there and kind of playing situational roles.”
|Morning skate notes: Zdeno Chara to travel with Bruins||at 11:49 am ET|
Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will be between the pipes Tuesday as the Bruins take on the Kings at TD Garden. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s morning skate that he intends to play Thomas Wednesday against the Senators.
Gregory Campbell was not on the ice for the morning skate. He will miss Tuesday’s game and will “probably not” play Wednesday, according to Julien. Campbell is dealing with a foot injury, and Zach Hamill is expected to center the fourth line in his place.
Daniel Paille, meanwhile, underwent a neuropsych evaluation Monday. The winger said the team was still awaiting results on the test, with Julien adding that he could play if he is cleared before the game. Paille took part in the morning skate.
Zdeno Chara (leg) did not skate, and will miss Tuesday’s game. Julien did say, however, that the captain will travel with the team to Ottawa Tuesday night. The coach said he was unsure whether Campbell would go.
|Bruins recall Zach Hamill||at 10:23 am ET|
Hamill has played two NHL games this season, picking up an assist while with the team last month. He got off to a hot start in Providence this season but has only one point over his last nine games.
Campbell was in a walking boot Monday after taking a shot off the foot Saturday in Columbus. Paille is working his way back from a light concussion suffered last Thursday. He practiced Monday for the first time since the injury.
|Call-up might be necessary as injury bug continues to bite Bruins||12.12.11 at 2:48 pm ET|
The Bruins, already without defenseman Zdeno Chara for Tuesday’s game against the Kings, might need to make a call to Providence in order to ice 12 forwards.
Center Gregory Campbell, who did not practice Monday for the Bruins, is in a walking boot and is considered questionable for Tuesday’s game with an injury suffered when he was hit in the foot with a shot.
While Campbell may be out for the B’s, the team did see the return of Daniel Paille to the ice. Paille, who suffered a concussion Thursday, said he has not been feeling symptoms and that he hopes to get back in the lineup this week. Bruins coach Claude Julien considers Paille day-to-day.
If both players are unable to go, the B’s would need to call up a player from Providence in order to ice four full lines.
“I think that’s something we’re probably going to look at,” Julien said, “and either later today or tomorrow morning, if need be, we’ll be calling somebody up.”
Julien said he doesn’t know whether Campbell has had x-rays taken of the foot, but that the center has been walking with a limp.
Said Julien: “He’s in a walking boot limping, and he’s had treatments here this morning, so I don’t know exactly what the final verdict is more than that he told me he was questionable.”
Paille said that he was feeling symptom-free and good enough to get back in the game Thursday, but that the team kept him out as a precaution. Additionally he still has visible scars on his face from the Steve Staios shot that hit him in the face last month, and he’s also fighting a cold. It’s safe to say Paille’s had better luck in the past, but he isn’t complaining. His main focus is getting back in the lineup, and after taking limited contact Monday (his first time back on the ice since being hit by Krys Barch), he hopes that time will come this week. He’ll need to pass a neuropsych evaluation before he can do that.
“Obviously, if I can [play Tuesday], I will, but obviously at this point I haven’t discussed it with Claude or Peter [Chiarelli],” Paille said, adding that he’d “like to” be back for at least one of this week’s three games.
If both Paille and Campbell are unable to go Tuesday, one option for the Bruins might be forward Zach Hamill, who has experience at both wing and center and picked up a point in a two-game stint with Boston this season. Hamill got off to a hot start in Providence this season, but has just one point, a goal, over his last nine games.
|Bruins return Zach Hamill to Providence||11.13.11 at 1:35 pm ET|
The Bruins have returned forward Zach Hamill to Providence after a two-game stint with the NHL club.
Hamill was called up Wednesday on an emergency basis to fill in for the injured Rich Peverley, and upon Peverley’s return, he surprisngly stayed in the lineup Saturday in place of Benoit Pouliot. Hamill had an assist in Thursday’s game.
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