Zdeno Chara
D BOS
2 days ago

Chara spent over 23 minutes on the ice during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Red Wings in overtime.

EDGE Analysis

With Charlie McAvoy and Kevan Miller out with injuries, Chara and Brandon Carlo were tasked with matching up against the Canuck's top offensive threats. Tallying 23:13 in ice time and adding two blocks, Chara managed to keep the Canuck's top two lines off the scoresheet. Without much offense of their own, however, Vancouver scored three minutes into overtime as the Bruins dropped their third straight game.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
3 weeks ago

Chara watched a lot of Capitals goals at ice level on Wednesday, ending the game as a minus-2 and logging 4:48 on a penalty kill unit that saw the Capitals convert four of six.

EDGE Analysis

Chara and Brandon Carlo were the two defenders charged with controlling the Capitals' potent power play, as they were the only two blueliners to see more than 2:30 shorthanded. The 41-year-old managed to block two shots and add two hits but could not slow down Washington's skaters as they cruised to a 7-0 win on Wednesday. Last season Chara led the Bruins defenders in plus-minus with a plus 22 over 73 games.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
2 months ago

Chara (finger/shoulder) is expected back fully healthy in time for training camp, Conor Ryan of MassLive reports

EDGE Analysis

Chara, 41, is not the dominant force he once was but remains a valuable leader in the Bruins dressing room and is still capable of logging heavy minutes -- he averaged just under 23 minutes of ice time in 2017-18. Barring injury, he'll continue to get plenty of chances to produce in all situations in 2018-19.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
5 months ago

Chara revealed Wednesday that he suffered a fractured right index finger in Game 2 of the Bruins' first-round playoff series against the Maple Leafs, plus he played through a shoulder injury over the last eight weeks, Joe McDonald of the Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara's injuries didn't prevent him from logging key minutes during the Bruins' postseason run, but the blueliner's finger issue, coupled with an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder didn't help his cause. Chara believes that he won't need surgery to address his finger issue, noting that it should heal up in about six weeks. Meanwhile, offseason rest and management should allow his shoulder woes to abate. The 41-year-old should thus be good to go in time for next season's training camp. Though Chara has lost a step at this stage of his career and is no longer a power-play mainstay, the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder remains a strong shut-down defender, as evidenced by the plus-22 mark he logged through 73 games regular season games, while notching seven goals and 24 points.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
7 months ago

In his first game since March 13, Chara (upper body) recorded five shots in 21:14 worth of ice time in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

The Bruins' captain and shut-down blueliner logged a team-high 2:56 worth of penalty killing duty in his return from a nine-game absence, while taking his regular shift on a pairing with Nick Holden. Looking ahead, there's a solid chance that Chara will be reunited with his usual defensive partner Charlie McAvoy (knee) as soon as Tuesday night's road game against the Lightning.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
7 months ago

Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed that Chara (upper body) will return to action Sunday against the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

The return of Chara, who last suited up March 13, arrives at a good time, with fellow defender Brandon Carlo now sidelined with what has the looks of a long-term lower-leg injury. Though Chara may have lost a step at this stage of his career and no longer sees regular power-play duty, his conditioning, veteran savvy and long reach help him remain a strong shut-down defender for the Bruins. To date, he's logged seven goals and 23 points to go along with a plus-26 mark over the course of 68 games.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
7 months ago

Chara (upper body) is expected to lace up the skates Sunday in Philadelphia, Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara was injured in Carolina back on Mar. 13 and has missed the last nine games since the incident. The 6-foot-9 blueliner has potted seven goals and 23 points in 68 games on the season, alongside a plus-26 rating and 134 hits. Chara's return is big for the Bruins, even if it won't do too much from a fantasy perspective.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
7 months ago

Chara (upper body) will travel with the Bruins for a three-game road trip that begins Sunday against the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

The towering blueliner remains a steady two-way contributor when healthy. While 40-point seasons have been siphoned from this tank, he's still had enough gas to muster 23 points, 134 hits, and 114 blocked shots to complement a plus-26 rating through 68 games this season. Keep a close eye on Chara's progress, as the Bruins only have five games left in the regular season.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
7 months ago

Chara (upper body) won't play Saturday against the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

That said, both Chara and Charlie McAvoy (knee) will travel with the Bruins to Philadelphia and could play in Sunday's game against the Flyers. The duo skated together at practice Friday and appear poised to return to action, but it probably makes sense to hold them out Saturday, given that back-to-back game scenarios are generally less than optimal for players who have missed time due to injury.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
7 months ago

Chara (upper body) considers himself "day-to-day" in advance of Saturday's game against the Panthers. "We go literally by 24 hours," Chara noted Thursday. "Definitely I want to be out there, I want to play. But at the same time I have to do what's right for the team and what's right for me at this time of the year."

EDGE Analysis

It's possible that coach Bruce Cassidy will provide updates on some of the Bruins' injured players later Friday, but if not we may not get a handle on Boston's Saturday lineup until warmups, given that the team won't have a pre-game skate prior to the team's 1 PM ET puck drop.