RALEIGH, N.C. - Boston Bruins rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton will sit out for the second game in a row, but not because he's falling short of expectations.
Boston coach Claude Julien wants to give Hamilton a breather, just to make sure he is rested and ready for the stretch run.
"The rest is the only reason he's been sitting out. It's certainly not because of his play," said Julien, who had a lengthy discussion with Hamilton at the end of the morning skate. "One thing we've done as an organization is developed our young guys properly, and I think he's progressed very well this year. We want him to get some rest. With fatigue, you get bad habits. We don't want that to creep into his game."
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron practiced with the Bruins, but he remains out of the lineup following a concussion.
"As long as he's feeling good, he gets a chance to practice with us," Julien said. "He's cleared for contact, but light contact so far. He still needs final clearance from the doctors, and hopefully sooner than later."
Here are the likely lineups for this game between the Bruins and Hurricanes:
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alex Semin
Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Chad LaRose
Tuomo Ruutu - Riley Nash - Patrick Dwyer
Nicolas Blanchard - Tim Wallace - Kevin Westgarth
Tim Gleason - Justin Faulk
Jay Harrision - Joe Corvo
Bobby Sanguinetti - Jamie McBain
Injuries: Tim Brent, Drayson Bowman, Joni Pitkanen, Cam Ward
Scratches: Marc-Andre Bergeron
Daniel Paille - David Krejci - Nathan Horton
Milan Lucic - Gregory Campbell - Jaromir Jagr
Jordan Caron - Chris Kelly -Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins - Rich Peverly - Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuck
Dennis Seidenberg - Matt Bartkowski
Adam McQuaid - Andrew Ference
Injuries: Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand
Scratches: Jay Pandolfo, Wade Redden, Aaron Johnson