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Chris Kelly expected to return for Bruins Monday 04.08.13 at 11:42 am ET
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The Bruins held an optional morning skate Monday, with Tuukka Rask, David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference not taking the ice.

Chris Kelly (leg) did participate in the morning skate, with Claude Julien saying afterwards that the Bruins expect Kelly to make his return to Boston’s lineup Monday night against the Hurricanes. Kelly, who has been out since March 11 with a broken tibia, has skated on a line with Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille the last two days. Kelly said after the morning skate that he has been medically cleared, is able to take contact and is ready to return if Julien puts him in.

Anton Khudobin was the only goaltender on the ice Monday, but he stayed out after the skate, suggesting that Rask will be the starter against the Hurricanes. Kaspars Daugavins also stayed out longer, so the guess here is that Jordan Caron would be in tonight over Daugavins and Jay Pandolfo.

Here are the projected lines for Monday night:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandGregory Campbell – Jaromir Jagr
Daniel PailleChris KellyTyler Seguin
Jordan Caron – Rich PeverleyShawn Thornton

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Wade Redden joins Bruins at practice, Chris Kelly skates with third line 04.05.13 at 11:42 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly was wearing his familiar gray jersey as he took the ice Friday at Wilmington with the Bruins. Kelly has been out since March 11 with a broken tibia, but he is expected to return to the Bruins’ lineup in the coming days.

Friday marked Kelly’s second consecutive day skating with his teammates, though it was his first actual practice after taking part in Thursday’s morning skate. Following the practice, Claude Julien said that Kelly is still considered day-to-day, and that he wouldn’t yet say whether he’d be a game-time decision vs. the Canadiens for Saturday.

Depending on whether Kelly is ready to go, the color-coded lines were unchanged from Thursday’s 1-0 win over the Devils.

Friday’s practice lines:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandTyler Seguin – Jaromir Jagr
Jay Pandolfo – Rich PeverleyChris Kelly – Kaspars Daugavins
Daniel Paille – Jordan Caron – Gregory Campbell ‘€“ Shawn Thornton

Caron appeared to be the spare part on the Merlot line.

All eight defensemen were also on the ice, including Wade Redden, who was skating with his new team for the first time since being acquired by the Blues prior to Tuesday’s trade deadline. Adam McQuaid (shoulder) skated with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides before the practice.

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Chris Kelly days away from returning to Bruins lineup 04.04.13 at 12:40 pm ET
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Chris Kelly skated for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday as he nears a return from a broken tibia suffered on March 11 against the Senators, but Thursday marked the first time he skated with his teammates.

Kelly participated fully in the Bruins’ morning skate, and though he will not play Thursday against the Devils, Claude Julien said that his return to the lineup is right around the corner.

“I think it’s just a matter of probably days now vs. a week that hopefully he’ll be back,” Julien said.

The coach added that Kelly will travel with the team to Montreal this weekend for Saturday’s game, though it’s too early to tell whether Kelly will actually play vs. the Habs.

Though Kelly is itching to get back on the ice (this is the longest he’s been out with an injury in his NHL career), he isn’t getting too far ahead of himself when it comes to jumping back in the lineup.

“It’s just about how I feel. If I feel good, I do a little bit more the next day,” he said. “If I don’t feel as good, maybe don’t push it as much. One step at a time. Today was my first day with the guys, and it was just a morning skate. Maybe if we practice tomorrow, I’ll get to skate a little longer with them and maybe do a little more.”

Morning skates aren’t a very physical affair, as the half hour is used for skating, line rushes, and other work such as special teams and face-offs. The next step in Kelly’s recovery would appear to be adding the physical aspect.

“I’m hoping not to get hit, to be honest,” he said with a laugh. “If they want to hit me, I guess that will be the next step.”

As for what he’s looking to get out of the final days before he gets back into games, Kelly said that it’s a combination of getting over the injury and getting his strength back.

“I think it’s a little bit of both. Conditioning is definitely a big part of it,” he said. “You don’t want to be fatigued and put yourself in a vulnerable position for other injuries. The fatigue aspect is definitely there. I need to work on that and just feel comfortable with the injury as well.”

When he does return, his line could look different. When he was injured, he was skating with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron on the third line, but since then the Bruins have added Kaspars Daugavins and Jaromir Jagr, both of whom could eventually be in the third line mix. The B’s have also used Jay Pandolfo more on the third line (Pandolfo and Daugavins played on Peverley’s wings in Thursday’s morning skate).

Kelly’s line struggled mightily before he went down, and the third line has continued to underachieve. He doesn’t view his eventual return as a chance to bounce back with a new linemate or two, focusing instead on just playing when he can.

“I just want to be back. Whoever I play with will be great,” he said. “I know adding [Jagr] was great, and Daugavins as well. There are a few new faces, but whoever I play with will be great with me.”

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Peter Chiarelli expects Chris Kelly to return to Bruins ‘soon’ 04.03.13 at 5:30 pm ET
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Bruins center Chris Kelly skated for the third consecutive day when he took the ice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena. Kelly has been out since suffering a broken tibia on March 11 against the Senators and was ruled out indefinitely at the time, though general manager Peter Chiarelli said Wednesday that the center is nearing a return.

“He’ll be back soon,” Chiarelli said of Kelly. “I know you’d like a little more detail, but I’m satisfied with his prospective return date and he’ll be playing for us soon.”

Chiarelli said that knowing Kelly would be back in the lineup in short order impacted his approach at the trade deadline. The Bruins, who lost Patrice Bergeron for the time being with a concussion, didn’t add any centers, though recently acquired winger Kaspars Daugavins can play in the middle.

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Injured Bruins Chris Kelly, Adam McQuaid skate 04.02.13 at 10:28 am ET
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The Bruins are getting some encouraging news on the injury front this week, as both Chris Kelly (leg) and Adam McQuaid (shoulder) skated Tuesday with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. It was their second day on the ice, as the injured pair also skated Monday.

Kelly has been out since March 11, when he suffered a broken tibia against the Senators. The team said following the injury that he was out indefinitely, though Kelly hopes to be ready by the end of the regular season. McQuaid suffered a shoulder strain on March 19 against the Jets and was expected to miss between three and four weeks.

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Chris Kelly: ‘There’s no real time frame’ for return 03.15.13 at 1:38 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly has never missed more than seven games in a regular season, so the next however many weeks is going to be a new experience for him.

“It won’t be the best time,” Kelly said Friday.

Kelly is out “indefinitely” (Peter Chiarelli‘s words) as a result of a broken left tibia he suffered in a knee-on-knee collision with Senators forward Chris Neil. Speaking Friday for the first time since the injury and sporting no crutches, cast, or anything other than his clothes, Kelly said he’s “hoping” to be back by the end of the regular season, but doesn’t know.

“[I’m] just trying to get it better,” he said. “There’s no real time frame. Just come here, work hard, and let the medical staff and trainers do their job.”

Icing to get the swelling down and maintaining the strength in the leg is the priority for Kelly now in the recovery process. The 32-year-old center actually said he considers himself fortunate that the injury he suffered was worse. He knew when he hit the ice that it was bad, but the fear from watching the play in real time was that he could have injured his knee, which would have meant a much longer recovery time and potentially the end of his season.

“You’ve got to look at the positives in certain situations,” Kelly said. “It could have been much worse.”

As for the collision itself, Kelly found no problem with it.

“I think it was just a hockey play, to be honest,” he said. “Both guys kind of turned there and we didn’t really have any place to go. Things happen quick out there, and that’s all it was really.

“Chris and I are friends, and he sent me a text right after apologizing. I just said, ‘It was a hockey play.’ That’s all it is.”

With Kelly out, the Bruins have gone with Rich Peverley, who has played right wing for the majority of his Bruins career, at center between Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron. Though it’s probably hard for Kelly to be a spectator, he’s liked what he’s seen out of the revamped third line over the last two games.

“In the two games, they’ve had a lot of offensive time and they’ve moved the puck well,” he said. “Pevs has looked great at center. ‘€¦ It’s a pretty familiar position for Rich, and I thought the line worked well together.”

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Chris Kelly out indefinitely with broken left tibia 03.13.13 at 4:54 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Wednesday that center Chris Kelly is out indefinitely with a broken left tibia. Kelly suffered the injury on a collision with Ottawa forward Chris Neil Monday night and missed Tuesday’s game.

With Kelly out Tuesday, the Bruins moved Rich Peverley to center with Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron on the wings for the third line.

Through 23 games this season, Kelly has two goals and four assists for six points and a minus-6 rating.

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