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WILMINGTON — Chris Kelly is a center. He has been the pivot on the third line since his arrival from Ottawa, where he first made his mark as a smart, reliable, defensive center.
It’s a good bet, however, that Kelly will be on the left side when the Bruins resume play against Buffalo Wednesday.
Kelly played in the last six pre-pause games after returning from a broken right fibula. The Bruins planned to ease Kelly back in. Kelly saw time on the third and fourth lines. He took shifts at center and wing.
It is not of Kelly’s doing that he might play left wing against the Sabres. It’s because Carl Soderberg, who opened the season as Kelly’s left wing, has found his rhythm in the middle.