Julien getting rest for some regulars

BOSTON -- With the Stanley Cup playoffs quickly approaching, Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien has already begun to give some players games off in order to stay relatively fresh for the postseason.

After sitting rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton the last two games, he’ll be back in the lineup Monday against the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden, but fellow blueliner Andrew Ference will get to sit and watch from the ninth level.

“We’re going to rotate some players in and out from here on in,” explained Julien after the team’s morning skate. “We decided to make that decision no matter what, so Ference will be the one sitting tonight.”

Ference has played all 41 games this season and has three goals and eight assists for 11 points, including a plus-6 rating.

It’s also a possibility captain Zdeno Chara and fellow defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will also get a night off given the amount of ice time they’ve both logged in this lockout-shortened season.