Zdeno Chara D BOS 4 Days

Chara added a power-play goal and an assist in Saturday's 4-1 win over the Coyotes.

Yes, he's missed time to injury this season, but there has been a precipitous drop in his game this season. He's about to turn 38, so there's little wonder given the physical edge of his game. But his 17 points, including five goals, in 43 games this season make him a difficult activation right now. He has just six points (two goals, four assists) in his last 19 games.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 16 Days

Chara notched a goal in a team-high 26:43 worth of ice time in Monday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames.Chara, who had gone five games without a point prior to Monday's tally, checks in with 14 points in 37 games overall, to go along with a minus-1 rating, all subpar numbers for the veteran blueliner.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 1 Month

Chara gathered an assist, four blocks, and three shot attempts in Thursday's win over the Islanders.

With a modest 11 points in 29 games this season, it's worth wondering if Chara's days as a top-notch fantasy blueliner might be over. He was able to table such talk last season by riding a strong second half to a runner-up finish in the Norris Trophy balloting, and his owners will surely be looking for a similar turnaround again. Now 37 years old, it's unclear if Chara has much high-level offensive game left in him. The assist Thursday was his first point in six games.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 2 Months

Chara recorded two assists in a team-high 26:45 worth of ice time in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.

Chara, who saw 4:01 worth of power play time in the game, is slowly rounding into form after a lengthy absence caused by a knee injury. With that in mind, the big blueliner figures to enjoy an increased rate of production as the season rolls along. To date, Chara has recorded 11 points in 24 games.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 2 Months

Chara, who led the Bruins with 24:30 worth of ice time, scored a goal in Wednesday's overtime win over the Penguins.

Per ESPN.com, Chara, who had previously gone four straight games without a point, acknowledged earlier this week that he's still not 100 percent back from the knee injury that cost him 19 games before his return to action on Dec. 11. That said, assuming no setbacks, we'd expect the big blueliner to continue to shake the rust off, with improved production in the second half of the season a reasonable expectation.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 2 Months

Chara dished out a pair of assists in 27:24 worth of ice time in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.

Chara now has four points in six contests since returning from a knee injury that held him out for over a month. The 37-year-old has seven points now in 15 games, and will lead the way in minutes most nights on the blue line.

Zdeno Chara D BOS 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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 3 Months

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.