Kampfer/By S. Bradley

Bruins head coach Claude Julien confirmed most of our suspicions this morning when he said he expects rookie defenseman Steven Kampfer to play tonight in Columbus.

Kampfer has been out since a March 3 concussion suffered against Tampa Bay.

On the other hand, fellow defenseman Andrew Ference, once thought to be ahead of Kampfer in the race to return to the lineup, is close to returning but not ready to face the Blue Jackets. He’s been out since Feb. 26.

Kampfer missed four games.