Hamilton a healthy scratch tonight


MONTREAL -- Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton will be a healthy scratch against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night, according to coach Claude Julien. It will be the second consecutive game Hamilton will watch from press level.

“I’m going with the same D-core as I had the other night,” Julien said.

The pairings will likely be: Zdeno Chara-Andrej Meszaros, Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk, Torey Krug-Kevan Miller.

Meszaros, who arrived in Boston via a deadline-day trade with the Philadelphia Flyers, made his Bruins debut in a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Sunday in Sunrise, Fla. He scored a goal, registered six shots on net and logged 20:36 of ice time.

Since the Bruins play a completely different defensive style than he’s used to, Meszaros has been watching video before and after games, and has been spending time learning the system from the coaching staff.

A left-handed shot, Meszaros played the majority of his career on the right side, but this season the Flyers had him on the left side. Julien would like Meszaros to return to the right side, which is a comfortable spot for the veteran defenseman.

“To me it doesn’t matter,” Meszaros said. “I like it because your stick is always in the middle in the offensive zone so you can shoot it right away. Obviously, it’s a little tougher to pull [the puck] off the wall and in the defensive zone it’s a little bit harder to pass it, but when you play for so long you get used to it and I don’t mind it at all.”

Hamilton has played well this season, his first full season in the NHL, but he had a few critical miscues in Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Prior to the acquisitions of Meszaros and Corey Potter, the Bruins had only six healthy defensemen. Now that there’s depth again, it creates a healthy competition on the team’s blue line. Overall, Hamilton has seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points, including a plus-14 rating in 47 games this season.