Unless something unexpected happens, Chris Kelly will make his return to the lineup tonight as the Bruins try to get back on the winning track against the fading Carolina Hurricanes, who have won just one game in their last 12 and are eight points out of a playoff spot.

The Bruins held an optional skate, so it was difficult to tell what the lines will be tonight. But judging from yesterday's practice, the guess here is that Kelly will be joined by Tyler Seguin and Daniel Paille. The Krejci line will most likely be intact with Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton as the wings while Gregory Campbell could center Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand. The fourth line will most likely be comprised of Rich Peverley between Shawn Thornton and Jordan Caron, who appears poised for re-insertion into the lineup (Kaspars Daugavins took some extra skating this morning).

Kelly has not played since he suffered a broken tibia on March 11 in a collision with Ottawa's Chris Neil.

“(Kelly) just has to go out there and play his game,” said coach Claude Julien. “He's probably got to work his way into it, probably short shifts, anything that anyone has to do when they come back from an injury.”

Considering their situation with their offense sputtering, all lines are subject to change. But Kelly was looking forward to playing with Seguin on what would be a very speedy line.

“Tyler's a gifted offensive player and it would be nice to play with him,” said Kelly.