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Update: Kelly takes 'maintenance day'

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Update: Kelly takes 'maintenance day'

WILMINGTON -- Bruins forward Chris Kelly is the only player missing from Friday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. Head coach Claude Julien termed the absence a "maintenance day."

Zach Hamill has taken Kelly's spot on the third line with Benoit Pouliot and Rich Peverley.

The team's just returned from a four-game road trip and brought back a 2-2 record. Here's what the rest of the lines look like in advance of Saturday's game against the New York Rangers:

Lucic -- Krejci -- Horton
Marchand -- Bergeron -- Seguin
Pouliot -- Hamill -- Peverley
Paille -- Campbell -- Thornton

Chara, Seidenberg, Ference, Corvo, McQuaid, and Boychuk on the blue line.

Thomas -- Rask

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE