The prognosis for Chris Kelly of the Boston Bruins, who left the game against the Ottawa Senators earlier this week after a knee-on-knee hit from Chris Neil and was favoring his other leg on the way off the ice, is not good. The Bruins have just announced that he is going to be out indefinitely with a broken left tibia.
The tibia is also known as the shin bone or the shankbone. It’s the bigger and stronger of the two bones located below your knees. Kelly may have broken it on his way down to the ice–not a single second of that hit looked like a fun time for him, after all–but no matter how it happened, it’s broken and so he’s out of the lineup while it heals. Basically, this could be the end of his season depending on how long he takes to recuperate.
As part of the oft-struggling third line, Kelly had two goals and four assists so far this season. He was far more productive last year when the third line was of perhaps higher quality or better efficiency, scoring 20 goals and adding 19 assists, making him one of six Bruins to finish the season with more than 20 goals.
This announcement will mean even more shifting around exactly who’s going to be on that third line in games to come. Jordan Caron will probably end up sticking around there, although I’ve heard from a trusted source that Ryan Spooner may be on his way up from AHL Providence to help bring some relief. Spooner has only appeared in one game this season and has no points to his name yet.
Meanwhile, Lane MacDermid and Jay Pandolfo are out of luck, perhaps. MacDermid has been in three games and Pandolfo in five so far this season, though neither of them have registered a point either.
It remains to be seen exactly how the Bruins will adjust following this news.