I think it's time the guy gets his own thread. Chris Bourque has been dissected and reassembled ad nauseum. Speculation about who else is available has gone on for weeks. Peverley's numbers are almost identitical to Kelly's (RP has one more point and he's -8 where CK is -7), but it sure is starting to look to me like RP is wearing Kelly's hair shirt.
The last two games have been the worst in terms of Kelly's line being on for goals against. CK was -5 vs. Mtl and Was. And a lot of the goals against have been goals where the Bruins are out-worked or beaten to the puck in the defensive zone. Or on the rush. There's no excuse for a line that has 5 goals in 20 games (combined) to be giving up odd-man rushes because they got caught on the wrong side of the puck. What are they doing? Taking a calculated risk? That should be an easy calculation - should I drift a little lower in case I can score if I can just get the puck in open space? NO. Even in the games where Kelly has points, he's ended up a minus twice. He's finished the game as a plus player three times all year.
Now, a lot of this looks like beating up Kelly with a bad stat, but what I'm seeing from him on the ice is the usual lack of offensive awareness compounded by a lack of confidence. He knows he needs to score at least a little and I think it's affecting his defensive game. The guy's a coach's pro, a 32 yr old vet, but what do you do?
I think you let it ride. Kelly was 0-2-2 and -3 in his first 20 games in Boston, but he finished the year with three points in the final four games, had six in the first round against Montreal that year, another four against the Tampans, and a respectable 13 in 25 playoff games on the way to the Cup. He's played his way out of deep dark holes before. As painful as I think it has been lately, I think he gets the chance to do it again.