Chris Kelly has missed 22 games this season, while recovering from a broken fibula in his right leg, an injury which he sustained on December 7th against the Penguins.
Although there was some previous speculation, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien made it clear that Kelly will not be in the lineup tonight (Monday) against the Islanders.
However, Kelly will most likely play tomorrow night (Tuesday) back in Boston, where the Bruins will take on the Florida Panthers.
"He's not going to go tonight. We made that decision and I think as far as his injury is concerned, he's healed so probably a possibility for tomorrow,"
"Certainly don't want to throw him into action with four games in six nights," said Julien. "I think it's a lot for a guy who's been out for six weeks, and certainly don't want any setbacks."
"So we're going to sit him out tonight and probably a good possibility for the Florida game."
"When we (Claude, Kelly, trainers, and the coaching staff) feel he's ready, there won't be any hesitation at putting him in."
Kelly has taken part in two contact practices, and skated Monday morning at the team's optional skate.
The center is a huge asset for the Bruins... a smart, tough player who can both put the puck in the net, and keep it out of his own cage. And with the pre-Olympic push starting up, there's no better time for Kelly's return.