WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Boston Bruins forward Chris Kelly participated in the team’s full practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena, and then he traveled with the team to Montreal and there’s a chance he could return to the lineup against the Canadiens Saturday night at Bell Centre.
Since suffering a broken left tibia on March 11 at Ottawa, Kelly’s missed 13 games.
“It felt good today,” Kelly said after practice. “It was nice to practice with the guys, and get out there not just for a morning skate but an actual practice and throw my weight around.”
He’s unsure whether or not he’ll be cleared to play Saturday night, but he’s hoping he can return.
“I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll see what the best thing is and go from there. I don’t want to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ but I’m pushing it pretty good and it feels good, which is a good thing.”
Bruins coach Claude Julien said he’ll let the medical staff make their decision.
“He’s moving in the right direction, so it’s a good sign and it’s good to see him back on the ice with us,” Julien said. “I’m going to leave it as a day-to-day right now. He’s progressing and I don’t know what his status is going to be moving forward, if that’s tomorrow or the beginning of next week. He’s progressing well and I’ve got to let the medical staff do their job properly. I’m not one to push those guys. They know what they’re doing, so I’ll let them evaluate him as we move forward.”