BRIGHTON, Mass. -- Zdeno Chara is out for at least a game with a lower body injury suffered in Tuesday night’s loss to the St. Louis Blues.
The 39-year-old Bruins captain was knocked out of the game one shift into the second period of the 4-2 loss to the Blues at TD Garden, and it was announced by the Bruins that Chara won’t be taking the one-game Thanksgiving road trip to Ottawa. After Wednesday's practice, Claude Julien termed Chara "doubtful" for the team's next two games.
The B’s indicated there may be an update on the 6-foot-9 defensive stopper prior to Friday’s game against the Flames, and that would give the Bruins any requisite time needed for medical testing to gauge the level of Chara’s injury.
“We’ve got to be smarter when we’re down a man like that, especially a big part of the team like [Chara] is,” said David Backes. “Hopefully it’s very temporary and he’ll be back in short order, but if not, we’ve got to have different guys pick up the slack and move forward. He’s obviously an awesome player, but we’re going to have injuries to guys and we need to spread the wealth and all shoulder a little bit more load, and find ways to win games.”
Meanwhile, it would appear that Kevan Miller (hand) might be nearing a return for the Black and Gold after practicing for the last couple of weeks, and could give the Bruins a defensive presence to at least partially help fill in for the missing Chara.
Here are the line combos and D-pairs at Bruins practice prior to leaving for their road trip in Ottawa: