bartkowski_matt_cardBruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski has a chance to get back into the lineup Monday because fellow blueliner David Warsofsky is out with a groin strain.

Bartkowski’s ability to play after four straight games as a healthy scratch will be affected by Torey Krug’s readiness, as Krug attempts to return from a broken finger.

Even if Bartkowski sits out again, though, he will have an impact on the game against the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden. Bartkowski, along with teammates Chris Kelly, David Krejci, Kevan Miller and Krug, purchased $2,500 of tickets to give to local military members and their families.

The Bruins’ ties to the military run a little deeper for Bartkowski, whose brother Stephen recently graduated from West Point. Stephen will soon be assigned to the Federal Reserve in Boston before heading overseas to a location that’s still to be determined. Throughout the past several years, Bartkowski has seen what military personnel go through.

“It just means something a little more when these types of nights come around,” Bartkowski said after morning skate Monday. “He’s not in harm’s way yet. Hopefully he’ll never be. But just the understanding you have of what they go through with their training and everything. And once they do have to go to battle or whatever you want to call it, we have a little better understanding and it just means a little more when teams are able to do something like this.”

Throughout the league teams hold these type of nights to show appreciation for the military. Bartkowski says it’s important for everyone to understand what military personnel make possible with their efforts and the NHL involvement in these types of events is important.

“It means the world. They’re out their protecting us, protecting our freedoms. Whether you agree with it or not, whatever it is, they’re there to protect us and we’re able to have the NHL and all these things because they’re doing their jobs,” Bartkowski said. “So it just means a lot that the NHL gets involved and other leagues and stuff like that.”

Now 26, Bartkowski has been through ups and downs the past several seasons both in the NHL and AHL. Currently he’s definitely in a downward trend, as the Bruins are depleted by injuries on their back end but he still can’t crack the lineup. Although off the ice his confidence might be cracked, he talks a good game when he’s off the ice and never seems down in the dumps. Maybe knowing what his brother’s been through and what Stephen might have to do in the near future, are the perfect examples for Bartkowski to keep things in perspective.