PITTSBURGH – The update on Chris Kelly is that there is no update.
The third line center is experiencing swelling in his left knee after taking a knee-on-knee hit there in the second period of Monday night’s shootout win over the Ottawa Senators, and will obviously be out for Tuesday night’s epic Eastern Conference tilt against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center.
It didn’t look good as Kelly couldn’t put any weight on the left leg as he was helped off the ice and down the runway never to return, but the early reports have been encouraging that there may not be any serious structural damage to his knee.
That doesn’t mean that Kelly won’t be missing a chunk of time, as he most assuredly will. But the hope is that there’s no season-ending injury in Kelly’s future and that he can return a few weeks down the line. Claude Julien didn’t want to say anything until Kelly’s knee has a few days to come down, so they can get a better reading on the severity of the issue.
“[There’s] no news. He's here with us,” said Claude Julien. “There's some swelling obviously so it's hard to say where he's at right now"
"We'll probably be able to give an update in the next day or so once he gets home and the swelling goes down.”
In the meantime the Bruins will slide the ultra-versatile Rich Peverley over into the center spot in place of the injured Kelly on the third line, and will bring Jay Pandolfo into the mix on the right wing alongside Jordan Caron. This is where the Pandolfo signing becomes a key factor: the 38-year-old veteran will handle the playoff atmosphere of a Pittsburgh vs. Boston game with much more poise than a call-up from Providence ever would, and Pandolfo will be able to suitably fill in for Kelly’s important role on Boston’s top ranked penalty kill unit.