Gregory Campbell could make his return to game action as soon as tonight when the Bruins host the Detroit Red Wings at the Garden.

And it will be tonight if Campbell has his druthers.

“I think (tonight) is a realistic possibility” Campbell said after yesterday’s morning session at the Garden. “Talking to the surgeon the other day things look good. It’s just a matter of what Claude (Julien) has in store. I’m more than willing to play and I want to play. I want to test myself and see how I feel in game situations.”

If Campbell does play tonight it will be his first time in front of Bruins fans since he suffered a broken leg while blocking an Evgeni Malkin shot in the Eastern Conference finals perhaps the team’s signature moment in its drive to the Stanley Cup finals.

Campbell had surgery to repair the right fibula which now has a plate and six screws in it. That hardware might come out down the road but he expects to play with it for the foreseeable future.

If Campbell wanted a challenge for the surgically repaired leg it came yesterday when Adam McQuaid checked him to the ice and he slid hard feet-first into the boards.

“I’ve had a few tests the last week or so bumping into different people and finding myself in awkward positions and it’s been fine. I haven’t felt any effect later on in the day no swelling or anything like that which is a good sign” Campbell said. “I honestly didn’t feel it (yesterday) which was great. For me it’s just more getting comfortable in those situations where you have another player on you and feeling strong enough to battle.”

Julien said it was possible Campbell could play tonight but Patrice Bergeron (ribs) would “probably not” though he could get in on Saturday in Detroit.

Blue-line battle

Defensemen Zach Trotman and Kevan Miller have had good camps but general manager Peter Chiarelli indicated Torey Krug Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton still have a step on them.

“No spot is guaranteed but their body of work is greater than those two so I would have them ahead” Chiarelli said.

There has been some speculation that Hamilton could be forced to play at AHL Providence but it didn’t sound like Chiarelli was thinking that way.

“My goal is to have him in the NHL” the GM said.

The Bruins did send Tyler Randell Jack Downing Steven Spinell Ben Youds Adam Morrison and Scott Campbell to Providence yesterday.