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Tim Thomas set to make first start back in Boston vs. Bruins 01.28.14 at 12:42 pm ET
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Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice in Tuesday’s morning skate, suggesting he will be in net as expected Tuesday night against the Bruins. The game will be Thomas’ second against the Bruins, but the first in Boston.

Thomas allowed three goals in the Bruins’ 3-2 win over the Panthers on Oct. 17, but he was missed the teams’ Nov. 7 meeting due to injury. On the season, Thomas is 14-14-3 this season with a .915 save percentage and 2.65 goals-against average.

Given that Chad Johnson was in net Monday for the B’s, it is likely that Tuukka Rask will face Thomas Tuesday in the former Bruins goaltending tandem’s second meeting as opponents. Rask is third in the NHL with a .930 save percentage, leads the league with five shutouts and is seventh with a 2.08 GAA.

The Bruins did pay tribute to Thomas in that Nov. 7 game, showing a video and then showing Thomas, who was in the press box, on the scoreboard.

Thomas played seven seasons in the NHL for the B’s, winning the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in 2009 and 2011 and winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the top postseason performer in the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup championship run. He was traded to the Islanders last season, which he sat out after a rocky final season in Boston in which his refusal to attend the White House with the team drew criticism.

The B’s did not have a morning skate Tuesday, as they played Monday night in a 6-3 victory over the Islanders. Boston has now 5-1-1 over its last seven games. Chris Kelly is expected to return to the lineup for the Bruins after being out since Dec. 7 with a broken fibula.

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Dougie Hamilton: ‘I’m ready to play now’ 01.24.14 at 1:33 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Both Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton will travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game against the Flyers, with Hamilton saying he is ready to return to the lineup.

Hamilton, who has missed the last four games with a concussion, practiced with his teammates for the second consecutive day Friday and said he was “finally” cleared for contact.

“I think I’ve been skating now for, I think this is my sixth day, so every day I’ve felt better and I’m ready to play now,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said he suffered the concussion, which was the first of his career, in the third period of the team’s loss to the Kings on Jan. 9 and played the next game against the Sharks.

The concussion is Hamilton’s second injury this season, as he missed 10 games from Dec. 10 to Jan. 2 with a knee injury. Hamilton is in his second season and said that the last couple of months have been frustrating given that they’ve halted the progress of a strong second season.

“I think I’m a lot more comfortable and a lot better defensively, and just feel a lot better on the ice,” Hamilton said. “It’s just been an unfortunate month or two months or whatever. Hopefully I can just get back into the lineup again and have fun and help the team out.”

Kelly also practiced with the team for the second straight day. He has not played since suffering a broken fibula on Dec. 7 against the Penguins. Claude Julien said that there is a chance one or both could return to the lineup Saturday, and noted that Hamilton is closer to returning than Kelly because he has missed less time and is in better game shape.

Adam McQuaid did not practice Friday and will not travel to Philadelphia as he remains out with a leg injury.

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Chris Kelly, Dougie Hamilton practice with Bruins; Adam McQuaid absent 01.23.14 at 11:22 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Both Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton returned to practice Thursday at Ristuccia Arena. Adam McQuaid, who is out with a leg injury, was the only player missing from practice.

Kelly has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken fibula, while Hamilton has missed the last four games with a concussion. Kelly was wearing a grey (third line) jersey along with Carl Soderberg, Loui Eriksson and Ryan Spooner. With Kelly out of the lineup, Spooner has centered the third line.

“I was excited to come today,” Kelly said after the practice. “It’s been a little bit longer than I would have liked, but it’s all part of the process of getting better, and today was a good step in the right direction.”

Kelly said he isn’t sure when he will return to the lineup, but Claude Julien said that he will travel to Philadelphia for Saturday’s game and could be in the lineup within a week. The veteran center added that he “pushed it pretty good” in Thursday’s practice and felt good.

“I think I’ve done everything I need to do,” Kelly said. “Conditioning, I felt great. Obviously you can never simulate the physical aspect of the game, but I felt good out there today.”

Julien said it is unclear whether Hamilton will travel, as he hasn’t been cleared to take heavy contact yet.

Also on the ice for the B’s was Zach Trotman, who was recalled Thursday morning on an emergency basis. Trotman had been returned to Providence Tuesday after playing Monday’s game against the Kings. Though the Bruins were off Tuesday and Wednesday, Trotman was able to get a practice in with Providence on Wednesday.

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Chris Kelly doesn’t want to rush comeback 01.14.14 at 1:01 pm ET
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Bruins forward Chris Kelly skated again Tuesday as he continues his recovery from a broken right fibula. He has been skating since last week, and though he is unsure whether he’ll travel with the team to Dallas and Chicago and Claude Julien has said he isn’t close to returning, Kelly remains encouraged by the progress he’s been able to make.

“Every day it gets a little better,” Kelly said. “You want to come the next day and it feels 100 percent, but that’s not the case. It’s not realistic. As long it’s feeling a little bit better every day then that’s a positive.”

Added Kelly: “I hope I’m on the second half of this stretch and not the first half, so you can see light at the end of the tunnel. That’s what they keep telling me, so I’m going to go by what they’re saying.”

Kelly has been out since suffering the injury on a second period slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis. He remained in the game and played the third period before the team learned of his injury. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks, and despite beating his recovery time on last season’s broken tibia (he returned in a little less than a month when the team thought he’d miss 4-6 weeks), he reiterated Tuesday that this injury has been tougher to recover from.

“Certain injuries you’ve got to take time with, and certain ones you can rush back,” Kelly said. “For whatever reason, this one you need to take time and make sure it’s fully healed. The last thing I want to do is reaggrevate it and be out even longer.”

In the meantime, Kelly will continue to skate and try to remain patient, as tough as it may be.

“You try to do what you can, and it’s just one of those things where you can only do so much,” Kelly said. “I can only drink so much milk. ‘€¦ It’s just time, and obviously I don’t have a ton of time.”

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Chris Kelly skates, Johnny Boychuk back at practice 01.13.14 at 10:11 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Bruins center Chris Kelly skated on his own and worked with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Monday’s practice at Ristuccia Arena. Claude Julien said after the practice that Kelly has been skating since last week but is not close to a return.

Johnny Boychuk was also back on the ice after leaving the team’s California road trip to return home for personal reasons. Those reasons were born 2:27 am and 2:57 am Monday, as Boychuk and his wife welcomed twins to their family. The only player missing from practice was defenseman Dougie Hamilton, who was being evaluated by team doctors following practice.

Kelly, who skated for roughly 20 minutes, has been out since Dec. 7 with a broken fibula suffered on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis. It is the second significant injury of Kelly’s career, as he missed a little less than a month with a broken tibia last season.

The Bruins said at the time of Kelly’s injury that he was expected to miss four to six weeks, so his return to the ice a little over five weeks in would seem to put him on pace to return within that timetable. Kelly had returned from last season’s injury sooner than the team expected, but he said that he learned in his recovery this season that he couldn’t push it as much.

With Kelly out, the Bruins have relied on rookie Ryan Spooner to center the team’s third line.

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Chris Kelly impatiently awaiting his return to Bruins lineup 12.30.13 at 7:48 pm ET
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Chris Kelly took the ice Monday night, but unfortunately for the injured Bruins forward, he wasn’t skating.

Instead he was standing on the ice at Fenway Park as some of his Bruins teammates took part in an open skate as part of Frozen Fenway. Rather than skates, Kelly was wearing the walking boot he’s had to wear since suffering a broken right fibula on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis on Dec. 7.

Kelly says he hopes the boot will be off within a matter of days, but as he stands over three weeks from suffering the injury, he admits that his total time before returning to Boston’s lineup will be closer to six weeks, as Claude Julien had told reporters earlier Monday.

The Bruins had initially said that Kelly would miss four to six weeks. Given that he had returned from a broken tibia last season in less than a month, he expected a quicker recovery this time around than he’s had.

“When you’re told a date, you think you can come back quicker,” Kelly told WEEI.com. “[Last season's tibia injury] was one of those that was an injury that you could push, I found. As soon as I was diagnosed [this season], I said, ‘Oh, well I can make it back faster than that.’ Obviously with where the injury is, you can’t push it like the other one. This one might take time, and you need to be patient, but I’m not very patient.”

The good news is that Kelly has been exercising since suffering the injury. He was on the bike the next day, and though he knows there will be some adjustment back to the ice once the boot comes off, he’s at least been keeping in shape.

“I do everything,” Kelly said. “I started riding the bike regularly. We do the aerodyn bike, where I use my arms and my one good leg. And I do upper-body and legs as well.”

Dupuis slashed Kelly in the second period of the injury-laden Dec. 7 meeting between the B’s and Penguins. Kelly played the third period, thinking that the injury wasn’t serious.

“Not that bad,” Kelly said of what he thought at the time. “It hurt and I knew it hurt, but I played the rest of the game and it affected my stride in the third, but I thought maybe [it was] a bone bruise or something. You don’t think it’s broken when you can finish a game.”

Though the Bruins certainly could use Kelly, Ryan Spooner has adjusted to the NHL and has played well of late in his place. Given that this is the second injury to keep Kelly out weeks in his career and that Rich Peverley slid over to handle his duties in his place last season, it’s the first time Kelly has seen a young player step into his spot and perform well in his absence. Kelly says he’s happy to see that his line is in good hands.

“He has played extremely well,” Kelly said. “Spoons skates well and thinks the game well. He’s done a great job. All those young guys that have come in, it’s been great to see. I think when you’re looking at it from a fan’s aspect of how bright the future of this franchise is, you always want your farm system to have players that can step in. Not everyone has that luxury. We’re extremely lucky to have that.”

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Chris Kelly out 4-6 weeks with broken right fibula 12.08.13 at 11:33 am ET
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Chris Kelly will miss four to six weeks with a broken right fibula suffered in Saturday’s game against the Penguins, the Bruins announced Sunday. Kelly was injured on a slash from Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis in the second period and has been placed on long-term injured reserve.

The Bruins also announced that they’ve placed Adam McQuaid (lower-body) on injured reserve and have called up forwards Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser from Providence on an emergency basis.

The Bruins are now without Kelly, Loui Eriksson (concussion) and Shawn Thornton (awaiting suspension) and are missing both Johnny Boychuk (back) and McQuaid on defense.

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