Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Days

Chara recorded an assist in 24:13 worth of ice time in Wednesday's win over Minnesota.

Chara, who has two helpers in four games since returning from a knee injury, continues to shake off the rust, but as long as he can avoid further injury setbacks, the big blueliner is destined to continue to log heavy minutes for the Bruins in all situations.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 9 Days

Chara (knee) got back in the lineup Thursday, recording one shot and four penalty minutes over 24:11 of ice time in a loss to Chicago.

The Bruins' hope was that Chara's return after a month-and-a-half-long layoff would boost their defense, and it did, but they still ended up on the losing side of things. Nonetheless, it's good to see Chara jump right back into skating his usual heavy minutes.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 9 Days

Chara (knee) has been activated from injured reserve, signaling he'll be back in the lineup Thursday against the Blackhawks.

This much was expected after Chara practiced fully the previous two days and took part in Thursday's morning skate without any complications. The Bruins actually cobbled together a better record without Chara than when he was with the team earlier this season, but make no mistake -- the team is more than happy to welcome back their captain into the fold for the first time since Oct. 23. The blueliner had three points in nine games before suffering the PCL tear in his left knee.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 10 Days

Chara (knee) appears to be on track to return to action Thursday against Chicago, the Boston Herald reports.

Though Chara's official status for Thursday's game may not be clarified until closer to faceoff time, it looks like the blueliner will probably be a go for the contest after practicing both Tuesday and Wednesday.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 11 Days

Chara (knee) practiced again on Wednesday.

Per the Bruins' official site, coach Claude Julien is optimistic that Chara will return to the Boston lineup Thursday against Chicago. The Bruins' captain has sat out the team's last 19 games after suffering a knee injury on October 23, but barring a setback, it looks like Chara will be back in action on Thursday.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 12 Days

Chara (knee) practiced with the Bruins on Tuesday.

Per Joe Haggerty of csnne.com, coach Claude Julien indicated Tuesday that he's "optimistic" about Chara's chances of playing Thursday against Chicago. The blueliner, who last suited up for the Bruins on Oct. 23, recorded three points in nine games prior to sustaining his knee injury.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 13 Days

Chara (knee), who has been skating for about the last two weeks, per the Boston Herald, is reportedly doing well.

That said, it's unclear how close to a return to action the blueliner is at this stage, but we should know more on that front as the Bruins' upcoming practice slate unfolds in advance of Thursday's home game against Chicago.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 22 Days

Chara (knee) will not travel on the Bruins' upcoming road trip.

The Bruins play four games on the road next week, but with Chara staying in Boston, it does not appear he will be able to play in any of them. The Bruins have a few days off following their trip, which could give Chara enough time to be ready for the team's next home game Dec. 11.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 26 Days

GM Peter Chiarelli indicated Monday that he is hopeful that Chara (knee) can return to action in 10-to-14 days, nesn.com reports.

Chara, who suffered a PCL tear in his left knee on Oct. 23, skated Monday, and while a return to action is not imminent for the blueliner, he is clearly progressing. "Usually, when they start skating, it's at the earliest at 10 days (and) at the latest two weeks when he's been out that long," Chiarelli noted Monday. "I haven't been given a timetable. We just have to see how he progresses from day to day. But I think you can probably say 10 days to two weeks."

Zdeno Chara D BOS 27 Days

Chara (knee) skated Monday morning, the Boston Herald reports.

While the report suggests that Chara wasn't skating all-out, it notes that the blueliner "didn't appear to be laboring at all in his stride." While this is a clear sign of progress for Chara, there's still no concrete timetable for his return to action from a posterior cruciate ligament tear that he sustained on Oct. 23.