Hamilton registered a power-play goal on five shots and had three blocks Thursday in a 3-2 win over Boston in Game 2.
Hamilton absolutely blew a one-timer past Tuukka Rask from the top of the right faceoff circle to put Carolina ahead to stay with 11:30 left in regulation. It was the first goal in more than seven months for the former Bruin, who suffered an injury back in mid-January and remained out of the Carolina lineup until Tuesday's Game 1 loss. Hamilton logged more than 24 minutes of ice time Thursday, indicating he's all the way back from his ailment.
Hamilton (undisclosed) was minus-2 with three blocks in Wednesday's 4-3 double-overtime loss to Boston in Game 1.
Hamilton was suiting up for the first time since Jan. 16 and logged 26:48 of ice time over four-plus periods. Although it wasn't reflected in Wednesday's result, Hamilton's return to the lineup is a massive development for the Hurricanes. The 27-year-old had 14 goals and 40 points with a career-best plus-30 rating in 47 games during the regular season, while averaging better than 23 minutes per game.
As expected, Hamilton (undisclosed) will make his postseason debut in Wednesday's Game 1 versus Boston.
Hamilton hasn't played in an NHL contest since Jan. 16, so he'll likely have some rust to shake off early on against the Bruins, but his return will nonetheless represent a huge boon for the Hurricanes, as he was fantastic when healthy during the regular season, racking up 14 goals and 40 points in just 47 contests. The former Bruin will skate on Carolina's top line and first power-play unit Wednesday.
Coach Rod Brind'Amour expects Dougie Hamilton (undisclosed) to make his postseason debut Tuesday in Game 1 against the Bruins, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Hamilton's status for Tuesday's series opener likely won't be confirmed until the Hurricanes take the ice for pregame warmups, but all signs currently point to the 27-year-old blueliner, who missed the entirety of Carolina's qualifying-round series against the Rangers, making his return to the lineup. If all goes according to plan, Hamilton will skate on the Hurricanes' top pairing and first power-play unit during Game 1.
Hamilton (undisclosed) might be available for Tuesday's Game 1 clash with Boston, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Hamilton missed the entire play-in clash with the Rangers and hasn't been in the lineup for Carolina since mid-January. Once cleared to play, the veteran blueliner should reunite with Jacob Slavin on the top pairing and figures to bump Jake Gardiner off the No. 1 power-play unit.
Hamilton (undisclosed) took part in Thursday's practice session, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Hamilton missed the three-game sweep of the Rangers and hasn't played in a game since Jan. 16 versus the Blue Jackets. With the defender on the shelf, Carolina utilized Sami Vatanen on the top pairing and Jake Gardiner on the top power-play unit. There are still plenty of games to be played, but as it currently stands, the Hurricanes would face off with Washington in the next round. Based on his return to practice, it would appear Hamilton could be ready for that matchup
Hamilton (undisclosed) is still unfit to play and will miss Game 3 versus the Rangers on Tuesday.
Hamilton has been out of action since mid-January due to various injury concerns. With the blueliner on the shelf, Sami Vatanen figures to continue slotting in on both the top pairing and the No. 1 power-play unit. He's notched three helpers, including a pair with the man advantage, and should be a top-end fantasy target during Hamilton's absence.
Hamilton (undisclosed) isn't expected to be ready to return for Game 2 against New York on Monday, Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press reports.
The negative news came down from coach Rod Brind'Amour, who added "I don't think he's going to be available tomorrow. We're getting close, but I don't see him playing tomorrow." Thankfully for the Hurricanes, they were able to prevail over the Rangers in Game 1 without their star blueliner, which undoubtedly helps in terms of ensuring Hamilton isn't rushed back too early. Stay tuned, but it's probably best to look toward Tuesday's Game 3 for a potential return.
Hamilton (undisclosed) skated on his own prior to Sunday's practice, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Hamilton missed Saturday's Game 1 against Carolina and isn't expected to be ready for Monday's Game 2, but coach Rod Brind'Amour doesn't expect the 27-year-old blueliner to miss the entire series, and his presence on the ice Sunday supports that notion. He'll have to join his teammates for a full practice before returning to game action, so stay tuned for another update once that occurs.
Hamilton (undisclosed) will not be available against the Rangers on Saturday, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
While Hamilton's absence Saturday shouldn't come as a surprise, coach Rod Brind'Amour did offer a glimmer of hope when he told reporters he didn't expect the blueliner to miss the entire series. With the Toronto native on the shelf, deadline-acquisition Sami Vatanen figures to make his Canes debut and jump onto the top pairing with Jaccob Slavin.
According to Sara Civian of The Athletic, Hamilton's (undisclosed) timetable for return is "in the realm of weeks not months."
This is a huge loss for the Hurricanes, as it sounds like Hamilton, who racked up 14 goals and 40 points in 47 games during the regular season, is in danger of missing the entirety of the team's qualifying round matchup with the Rangers. Sami Vatanen will likely get the first crack at replacing Hamilton on Carolina's top pairing alongside Jaccob Slavin.
Hamilton, who left Wednesday's practice early, did not take part in Thursday's practice session, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Hamilton missed the final 21 games of the regular season due to a lower-body issue, but it's unclear if this latest issue is related. With the blueliner sidelined, Jake Bean took some extra reps with the defensive pairings, though it's Sami Vatanen who would most likely see the biggest uptick in ice time if Hamilton misses any of the play-in series clash with the Rangers.
Hamilton (lower body) will be ready to return when the NHL season resumes, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. "His rehab has gone very well. He's done everything that he needed to. He's been cleared," general manager Don Waddell said Thursday.
The Carolina defenseman is making a recovery from a fractured fibula suffered in January. He has yet to progress to on-ice work, but Carolina does not need to rush that element with the season on pause for the foreseeable future. Once things begin ramping up in that regard, so too will Hamilton's activity to get him ready to return once games resume.
Hamilton (lower body) will look to get back onto the ice as soon as possible and could return to the lineup once the NHL season picks back up. Coach Rod Brind'Amour told reporters, "I do know that he's been progressing, and he wanted to get on the ice, I heard, but there's no rinks, but he at least reached out about the possibility of that, so that's a good sign," Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Prior to the league stoppage, the Hurricanes were without both Hamilton and trade-deadline acquisition Sami Vatanen (leg), leaving their blue line stretched a little thin. Once cleared to play, the 26-year-old Hamilton should return to being a top-end fantasy option on a nightly basis, especially considering he figures to return to the top power-play unit.
Hamilton underwent surgery Friday to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg suffered Thursday against Columbus and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Hamilton's break stems from an awkward tumble while tangled with the Blue Jackets' Kevin Stenlund and will unfortunately leave the Hurricanes without the budding blueliner for the foreseeable future. A clear timeline for his availability may be established down the road, but he's likely facing a lengthy recovery. Per coach Rod Brind'Amour, the injury is similar to one suffered by Jordan Staal in 2014, which wound up costing Staal three months, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Hamilton sustained a broken leg in Thursday's clash with the Blue Jackets, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports.
While the team hasn't provided a specific update yet, the news for Hamilton certainly isn't good. If the blueliner requires surgery, it will likely mean he'll miss the rest of the 2019-20 campaign, though that may be a possibility either way. With Hamilton on the shelf, Jake Gardiner and Haydn Fleury should both see an uptick in ice time. Once the Canes know more details about Hamilton's recovery timeline, they will likely designate him for injured reserve.
Hamilton suffered a lower-body injury in Thursday's game against Columbus and won't return, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Hamilton tangled his legs with Columbus' Kevin Stenlund in the second period and his leg bent all the way back underneath him. Hamilton had to be helped off the ice and was unable to put any weight on his left leg. This is tough news for the Hurricanes and Hamilton, as the 26-year-old is on pace for a career year with 40 points in 46 games thus far.
Hamilton collected an assist in Friday's 3-0 win over the Coyotes.
Hamilton's shot was tipped in by Lucas Wallmark for the Hurricanes' second tally. The 26-year-old is the fourth defenseman to reached the 40-point threshold this season, with 14 goals and 26 helpers in 44 contests. He's already topped his output from last year, and he's got his sights set on topping his career high of 50 from 2016-17 with the Flames. With a plus-29 rating, 160 shots on goal, and 28 PIM to round out his stat line, Hamilton can help fantasy owners in a variety of ways.
Hamilton tallied the game-winning goal and an assist with a plus-1 rating, two shots and three hits in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Flyers on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old continued his rampant pace Tuesday, keeping him on pace for his first 25-goal and 70-point season season of his career. Maybe he won't quite reach those heights -- his career-high 8.8 shooting percentage may drop during the second half -- but nothing short of a severe injury will keep Hamilton from setting new personal bests in those categories. He has 14 goals and 39 points with 159 shots on net and a plus-28 rating in 43 games this season.
Hamilton recorded an even-strength assist in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Canadiens.
The dream season for Hamilton continues. With 37 points in 40 games, the 26-year-old blueliner is in a great position to challenge the career-high 50 points he posted with the Flames three seasons ago. Furthermore, if he keeps up his current pace, he could also crack the 70-point plateau for the first time in his career.
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