Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Thu 6/6/19 7:41 PM

Chara (jaw) will play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara was a game-time decision, but it seems he's healthy enough to play Thursday. The blueliner was spotted with a chin protector in Thursday's morning skate but won't have his jaw wired shut, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. Head coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned he is leaning towards rolling with seven defensemen for Game 5, which could keep John Moore and/or Steve Kampfer from having to watch from the press box.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Thu 6/6/19 10:58 AM

Chara (jaw) is a game-time call for Thursday's Game 5 clash with St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

Chara hit the ice for the game-day skate sporting a chin protector and regular sweater. The towering blueliner's inclusion in the lineup would be a huge win for Boston, as it looks to take a critical Game 5. If the veteran does suit up, he may play slightly less than his 21:56 postseason average, but should be a factor thanks to his shut-down ability. If Chara and Matt Grzelcyk (concussion) are both available, John Moore and Steve Kampfer will probably find themselves relegated to the press box.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Tue 6/4/19 5:23 PM

Chara suffered a broken jaw during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although the Bruins have yet to release an official update on Chara's status for Thursday's game, it seems highly unlikely that he'll be available just three days after suffering a broken jaw, even with the added protection of a full face shield. If Chara is in fact sidelined for Game 5, Steve Kampfer will likely draw into the lineup for just the third time this postseason.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Mon 6/3/19 11:33 PM

Chara will have to undergo further testing after taking a puck to the mouth in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blues -- in the meantime his status for Game 5 remains undetermined, Conor Ryan the Boston Sports Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Look for more updates to come in the next day or so as Chara undergoes testing ahead of Thursday's Game 5 in Boston. The defenseman suffered the injury with just over three minutes left in the second period; though he returned to the team's bench in the third with a reinforced shield, he did not take the ice the entire third period after being advised by team doctors.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Mon 5/27/19 11:29 PM

Chara posted an assist, two hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 4-2 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

EDGE Analysis

There was concern after a block cut him on his wrist, but Chara said after the game he was fine, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The veteran defenseman has managed a goal and three assists in 17 postseason games, transitioning mostly to a defensive role alongside Charlie McAvoy on the top pairing.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Mon 5/27/19 2:06 PM

Chara (undisclosed) will be in Boston's lineup when it takes on St. Louis in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara sat out the final game against Carolina but will be good to go Monday, having had plenty of time to rest. Despite the positive news, Chara's three points in 16 games make him easily ignorable from a fantasy standpoint.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Thu 5/23/19 11:50 AM

Chara (undisclosed) will play in Thursday night's scrimmage without any restrictions, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara's return to practice Monday hinted that his absence from last Thursday's series-clinching win over the Hurricanes was largely precautionary. The fact that he'll suit up for simulated game action a week later in unhindered fashion means that the Bruins' captain will be out there for Monday night's Stanley Cup Finals opener against the Blues. With power-play time for Chara rare these days, he's logged a modest total of three points in 16 postseason games, but his plus-11 rating leads the league to date and his leadership is an essential element to the Bruins' team chemistry.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Mon 5/20/19 11:38 AM

Chara (undisclosed) practiced Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The big blueliner was paired with Charlie McAvoy on Monday and is thus on track to be a go for next Monday's Stanley Cup Final opener. Chara sat out this past Thursday's series-clinching win over the Hurricanes, but his quick return to the ice hints that his absence in that game may have been precautionary.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Sun 5/19/19 12:27 PM

Chara skated on his own but did not practice with the team Sunday, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals scheduled for May 27, there's little to suggest Chara won't be ready to lace his skates up once Boston's opponent has been confirmed. Even when he does return to the ice, the towering blueliner offers very little fantasy value and should only be relevant in deeper leagues.

Zdeno Chara
D BOS
Thu 5/16/19 11:38 PM

Chara (undisclosed) is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Chara was held out of Game 4 against the Hurricanes with an undisclosed injury, though the issue doesn't appear to be all that serious. He'll have at least a few days to rest as the Bruins await the winner of St. Louis vs. San Jose.