Dougie Hamilton will suit up against his old team tonight, after a trying first 25 games with his new one.
Hamilton, 22, has just three goals and three assists for the Flames, who’ve won just three times in regulation all season.
Yep, you read that right. Twenty-five games. Three regulation wins.
“It’s a little bit frustrating,” Hamilton told NHL.com. “It’s not the start I wanted and maybe it’s more of an adjustment than I thought it would be. With how we’re doing as a team, it’s frustrating as well.”
Not that everything has been roses for the Bruins. They lost in a shootout Wednesday in Edmonton. Though their 13-8-2 record is respectable enough — and they did string together five straight wins before falling to the Oilers — the holdovers from the powerhouse teams of years past know what good, structured hockey looks like, and too often this season the B’s have been lacking in that area.
“It’s nice to win games, and it’s nice to be getting points,” captain Zdeno Chara said prior to the Oilers loss. “But I think we also want to improve our play systems-wise, and be better in certain areas.”
So while most of the stories you’ll read ahead of tonight’s game will understandably focus on one player — a talented, young defenseman whose trade to Calgary was one of the biggest stories of the offseason — for the two teams involved, they’ve got more important things to worry about.
“We’ll have to be aware of him,” said Boston’s Adam McQuaid. “But aside from that, when it comes time to play you put all of the other stuff aside and focus on what you’re doing.”