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Monday, January 13, 2014
Hamilton not at Monday practice

By Joe McDonald

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton did not practice with the team Monday morning at Ristuccia Arena and is being evaluated for an undisclosed injury.

“He’s being looked at right now,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “We’ll leave it at that. We’ll give you more tomorrow.”

Hamilton has been back in the lineup for the last five games after missing the previous 10 due to a lower-body injury. He did not play the final few minutes during Saturday’s 1-0 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Also, Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who has been out of the lineup the last 16 games with a fractured right fibula, began skating late last week, according to Julien.

“He’s not close to returning,” Julien said. “We’re not talking about days here. There’s still lots of time for him to continue to heal. Basically, it’s more about getting him to stay positive here, it’s a frustrating injury that’s going to take a while.”