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Kampfer, Caron to Prov.; Chara ready?

The Boston Bruins announced Friday night that they have assigned forward Jordan Caron and defenseman Steve Kampfer to their AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. Both are expected to play for Providence on Saturday and Sunday.

Caron has played in 13 games for the Bruins this season and has a goal and two assists. Kampfer has played in seven games and has one assist.

The news could be an indication that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who's missed the past two games with a lower-body injury, is ready to return to the lineup Saturday afternoon at the Philadelphia Flyers. Chara participated in a full-contact practice Friday morning and will likely be a game-time decision.