Spooner back up, Kelly misses practice

Spooner back up, Kelly misses practice
April 9, 2014, 6:15 pm
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The Bruins have again called 22-year-old Ryan Spooner up on emergency recall and he’ll be in Winnipeg with the team for the game Thursday night against the Jets.

Spooner was brought up on emergency recall last week for road games against the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, but never suited up before being returned to Providence.

The call-up is likely related to third-line forward Chris Kelly, who never came out for the third period vs. the Minnesota Wild with an injury that was downplayed by Bruins coach Claude Julien following the game.

Kelly wasn’t on the practice ice in Winnipeg on Wednesday however, and Julien told reporters following practice that the third line pivot is “day-to-day” at this point.

“[It’s] not something major, but something that needs to be addressed,” said Julien to reporters.

Jordan Caron filled in as the third line left wing at practice, according to the Bruins twitter account, and skated with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson during the off-day practice.

Spooner, an explosive young center has appeared in 22 games with Boston this season, racking up 11 assists along with a minus-1 rating. In total, Spooner has played in 26 NHL games for Boston (2012-14) and is still looking for his first career NHL goal. Spooner has 11 goals and 34 assists in 45 games for the Providence Bruins this season, and has been playing at a high level after recovering from an illness in January that caused him to lose 10 pounds.