Chris Kelly will reportedly return to game action for the Bruins when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at home on Monday night. Kelly hasn’t played since March 11, when he suffered a broken leg after colliding with Ottawa’s Chris Neil.
This comes as welcome news for the Bruins, who have been dealing with their fair share of struggles since Kelly exited the lineup. The 32-year old forward has been a productive and pivotal part of the B’s bench since they acquired him back in 2011 and has served as a Bruins alternate captain at home for the past two seasons. Kelly tallied two goals and four assists in 23 games before breaking his tibia.
It’s been a fairly quick recovery on Kelly’s part, though he has clearly grown increasingly frustrated with missing time. This has been the first serious injury of the forward’s career, and he has played at least 75 games in each of his seven full NHL seasons and all 82 four times.
No word yet on where he’ll be inserted in the lineup tonight, as Claude Julien may alter several lines with the B’s recent struggles.