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Chris Kelly set to return from injury


The Boston Bruins have won four of their last five games, including a pair of blowout wins against the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders. In those victories, Boston combined to outscore the opposition 12-4. They sit atop the Atlantic Division with a 33-15-3 record.

With just six games remaining until the NHL breaks for the Sochi Winter Olympics, Boston is trending in the right direction and will only get stronger as a key member of the lineup is set to return.

According to coach Claude Julien, there is a “good possibility” forward Chris Kelly will make a return Tuesday night against the Florida Panthers. Kelly has been sidelined since suffering a broken leg on December 7.

Bruins insider Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reported Kelly could have played Monday against the Islanders. Haggerty went on to say that he fully expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday.

If given the go to dress, Kelly will likely return to his natural third-line center position. Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson could potentially flank him. Kelly’s return would not only provide added veteran leadership, but his presence will undoubtedly bolster an already stout defense.

Though his potential return will be overshadowed by Tim Thomas, who is set to make his first appearence on TD Garden ice since moving on from the Black and Gold. The Panthers netminder last graced the ice during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals. Without out a doubt it’ll be a warm welcome for the longtime Bruins’ great as he is slated to start in goal for Florida.

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