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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Hamilton expected to sit out

By Joe McDonald



BOSTON -- While Bruins coach Claude Julien said his lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Toronto Maple Leafs will be a game-time decision, based on the Bruins’ morning skate it seemed clear who is in and who is out.

When asked about Dougie Hamilton’s status, Julien said the rookie defenseman would “probably” be a healthy scratch. That means the top six defensive pairings would be:

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Johnny Boychuk-Adam McQuaid
Andrew Ference-Wade Redden

Offensively, it appears Nathan Horton will return to the lineup and play alongside Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Horton missed the last five games of the season due to an upper-body injury.

The line of Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin remains intact, as does the Bruins’ energy line of Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton. Boston’s third line will consist of center Chris Kelly, winger Jaromir Jagr and either Rich Peverley or Kaspars Daugavins on the other wing.

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will see his first playoff action since 2010.