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Bruins’ Chara misses warmup, ruled out of Game 4

Carolina Hurricanes v Boston Bruins - Game One

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 09: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins and Dougie Hamilton #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes have words in Game One of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 09, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Boston Bruins will be without a big piece of their defensive corps for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN)

Zdeno Chara will miss the game with an undisclosed ailment, the Bruins said after the 42-year-old missed the pre-game warmup on Thursday.

Chara is listed as day-to-day, but no other information was given. John Moore is set to replace him.

Chara took the morning skate, which was reportedly optional. Whatever the injury may be, it leaves a big hole on the backend. Chara has been playing 20-plus minutes a night in these playoffs.

Chara hasn’t missed a playoff game since April 16, 2011, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston -- a streak of 98 games. The Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in seven games win to hoist the Stanley Cup that year.

The Bruins can sweep the Hurricanes from the playoffs with a win.

UPDATE: After the Bruins completed their sweep of the Hurricanes, head coach Bruce Cassidy said he believes Chara will be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. “We don’t believe it is serious,” he said.

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Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck