Bartkowski/By S. Bradley

Reduced to spectator status for the second half of the Bruins’ 4-2 loss on Long Island last night, defenseman Matt Bartkowski will now get a chance to log some decent ice time over the rest of this weekend.

The rookie who skated just 4:42 against the Islanders was assigned to the Providence (AHL) farm club this afternoon. He should be available to face Portland tonight and Bridgeport tomorrow.

Bartkowski’s most recent emergency recall to Boston consisted of four games, no points and an even plus/minus rating.

The nearing return of injured defenseman Andrew Ference could relegate Bartkowski to playing for the P-Bruins for a while, or the former Ohio State standout could return should Ference not be ready to play Tuesday in Columbus.