Kelly: No timetable on return

BOSTON -- Bruins forward Chris Kelly, who is recovering from a broken fibula, has been skating on his own since late last week, but he still has a long way to go before returning to game action.

When the Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at TD Garden, it will be the 17th game Kelly has missed since suffering a fractured right fibula on Dec. 7 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. His rehab is progressing, but he does not want to rush it.

“It’s getting better but it’s a process, and I’m trying to get back to feeling good,” Kelly said. “With injuries, timetables are put on them and they’re probably the worst thing that can happen, because last year I had an injury (missed 14 games with a fractured left tibia) and I was back sooner than I thought. You think every injury is going to be like that, but certain injuries you have to take time with, and certain ones you can rush back. For whatever reason, this one you need to take time and make sure it’s fully healed, because if not, the last thing I want to do is re-aggravate it and be out even longer.”

The saving grace for Kelly in this situation is the fact that the Bruins remain atop the Atlantic Division standings. Kelly isn’t sure whether he’ll travel with the team on the upcoming road trip to Dallas and Chicago.

“Every day gets a little better,” Kelly said. “You want to come in the next day and feel 100 percent, but that’s not the case, it’s not realistic. It’s getting a little bit better every day and that’s a positive thing.”

Meanwhile, he’ll continue to rehab and skate. “I can only drink so much milk,” Kelly said with a smile.