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On Nov. 21, 2013, Dougie Hamilton was a member of the Niagara IceDogs. Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski, and Kevan Miller were playing for Providence. They combined for 11 games of NHL experience.
One year later, all four young defensemen will be in the varsity lineup at TD Garden for the Bruins’ showdown against the powerful Blues. St. Louis is one point behind Western Conference leaders Chicago and Anaheim. They feature a dangerous mix of brawn, speed, and skill. Entering Wednesday’s games, Alexander Steen had 17 goals and nine assists for a league-leading 26 points.
This is not the type of opponent the Bruins want to play without Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid.