Poise if not points
Dougie Hamilton is without a point in six games. He had racked up four assists in his first five games. “He was outstanding at the beginning,” Julien said. “Certainly not poor now, but to expect a guy to be outstanding the whole season is not being realistic. I know he set the bar pretty high with his early play. But he certainly has not been a poor player for us. The points may not be coming as much as they did in the beginning. But he’s still a pretty poised player. Whatever mistakes he makes, we’re working with him. He’s going through exactly what we expected of him — being a good player that’s learning along the way. Certainly can’t complain about how he’s handled himself, because he is 19 years old. The amount of ice time he’s getting and how well he’s playing is pretty impressive for us anyways.” . . . The Rangers scratched Hingham native Brian Boyle for the third straight game . . . Nathan Horton returned to the No. 1 line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. Tyler Seguin skated on the second line with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. The two right wings had changed places in the third period of last Wednesday’s win over Montreal.