BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Bruins will be without captain Zdeno Chara, but it may not be as bad as originally thought.
Chara did not practice Monday as the rest of the team hit the ice, but the defenseman was not wearing a brace nor did he show any limp after suffering what the team is calling a “lower body injury” Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The team is viewing their captain as “day-to-day.”
“There’s no time frame when I’m going to be back, but most likely I won’t be playing tomorrow,” Chara said at the Bruins practice facility in Wilmington. “The plan is to take a day at a time. You can’t really put a timeframe on it. Basically, it’s how it feels and it feels better than I expected.”
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“We anticipate having him back sooner than later,” said head coach Claude Julien.
Reports on Sunday were Chara could miss up to a week, and possibly longer, after leaving the B’s 5-3 win in the second period Saturday night.
While a return Wednesday night against the Ottawa Senators is unlikely, it is not completely out of the question as Chara worked out briefly Monday morning.
When asked if he did some upper-body workouts on Monday, Chara responded with an “of course.”
Steve Kampfer will take Chara’s spot on the roster, with Dennis Seidenberg joining Joe Corvo as the B’s top defensive pairing.
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Chara has 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) for the Bruins in 28 games this season. His plus-18 is second on the team after Tyler Seguin’s plus-19.
Forward Gregory Campbell was the only other Bruins absent from Monday’s practice. He is questionable for Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Kings after taking a shot off the foot. He was seen in a walking boot on Monday.
Forward Daniel Paille returned to the ice after suffering a mild concussion after taking a hit into the boards Thursday against the Panthers.
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