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:
Jay Harrision - Joe Corvo
Scratches: Marc-Andre Bergeron
Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuck