DALLAS - It wouldn’t be a road trip for the Bruins if there weren’t a couple of players left behind to let their injuries continue to heal.
So, both Chris Kelly and Dougie Hamilton didn’t get on the Wednesday afternoon Bruins charter headed for Dallas, and both players will miss the next two road games against the Stars and the much-anticipated first meeting against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.
“Yup,” said Claude Julien when asked about the two players. “Kelly and Dougie are staying behind.”
Kelly has been out since Dec. 7 with a fractured right fibula, but began skating on his own last week while attempting to return from an injury that was originally expected to take a 4-6 week recovery. The rehab for Kelly’s injury has been perhaps a little slow-moving and frustrating, but Kelly is doing the best that he can to keep a positive mindset.
“There’s only so much milk you can drink,” said Kelly with a grin. “It’s a process. This is just part of feeling good. I’m out there [skating] by myself, but it’s nice to be out there.
“Last year I had an injury, and I was back sooner than I thought. You think every injury is going to be like that, but some injuries you need to take your time with it. The last thing I want to do is re-aggravate it, and be out even longer.”
Dougie Hamilton is coping with a “mild concussion” sustained last weekend against the San Jose Sharks, and won’t be back on the ice until he’s gone at least a week without symptoms.
Otherwise, the Bruins had all of their healthy players on the practice ice at Ristuccia Arena on Wednesday morning and should feature the same lineup from the loss Tuesday night to Toronto on Thursday night vs. the Dallas Stars. Here are the forward combos and D-pairings based on the Wednesday practice: