Zdeno Chara Is a Maybe For Tonight’s Game


The Boston Bruins know their defensive core is their biggest liability right now. While the Bruins should feel comfortable with Torey Krug playing top four minutes, there are still a lot of questions about the rest of the blueliners. The B’s are still unsure if captain Zdeno Chara will be able to make it back into the lineup for tonight’s match against the Montreal Canadiens.

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“He’s still day-to-day,” said Claude Julien after yesterday’s practice. “So we have to have a look at where he is tomorrow, and then move on from there. [The medical staff] knows when he should and shouldn’t go, and he’s respectful enough to listen and trust the medical staff.”

He was taking practice yesterday, and it’s possible the 38-year old blueliner might be in tonight’s lineup. Chara is obviously frustrated over not being able to play. He also knows that his team needs him on the ice. It’s just a matter of listening to the medical staff and hoping for some good news now.

“I wish I could give you more info, but I’m just waiting for tomorrow and I don’t want to have any setbacks. If it keeps going like this then I’m pretty close [to returning],” said Chara. “It’s always hard to watch when you’re not playing, but I thought we did some good things as well. We’ve got to take the positives out of last night, and obviously improve on the things we could have done better.

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  • “Every area of the injury is improving. Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

    Hopefully, the doctors will believe he’s ready and the biggest player in hockey will be able to help the Bruins get the defensemen in order for tonight’s game.

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