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Chara (upper-body) is expected to return to the Bruins lineup on Sunday afternoon.

Chara has been out with an upper-body injury since March 13th but it looks like he’ll play today vs. the Flyers. Chara, who is fresh off of a one-year extension, will replace Brandon Carlo on the blueline after the young defenseman suffered a serious leg injury in Saturday’s win. Chara has collected 23 points (7G / 16A) in 68 games so far this season.

Source: Matt Kalman 04/1/18, 11:07 am EST

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Chara left Tuesday’s game with a suspected upper-body injury and did not return.

Chara took a tumble into the corner boards in the first period of Tuesday’s game and never returned. The Bruins were already without Charlie McAvoy and Torey Krug also left the game, so they were without their top-3 defenseman and were still able to make a furious third period comeback. Expect an update on Chara’s status leading up to Thursday’s game in Florida.

Source: Joe Haggerty 03/14/18, 11:30 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) will make his season debut vs. the Lightning.

Chara missed the first two games of the regular season, but will be back in the lineup this afternoon vs. the Lightning. With Chara back in the lineup, the Bruins sent Matt Irwin to Providence (AHL). Chara should definitely help a Bruins blueline that has struggled through the first two games.

Source: Joe McDonald 10/12/15, 9:39 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) is expected to return to the Bruins lineup on Monday.

Chara missed the Bruins’ first two games of the season with an upper-body injury, but he practiced over the weekend and is likely to return tomorrow vs. the Lightning. Chara is likely to take Matt Irwin’s spot in the lineup after Irwin was placed on waivers on Sunday morning.

Source: Fluto Shinzawa 10/11/15, 12:37 pm EST

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Chara (upper-body) is doubtful for Saturday’s game vs. the Canadiens.

Chara was labeled as doubtful, but he stayed on the ice for extra work during the morning skate, which suggests he is very doubtful. This is the second straight game that Chara will have missed—however he continues to practice which suggests he could be back next week.

Source: @NHLBruins 10/10/15, 7:30 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) will not play in the Bruins’ season opener.

Chara has been battling an upper-body injury and despite practicing yesterday and taking part in this morning’s gameday skate, he will sit out tonight’s game vs. the Jets. He reportedly started taking slapshots yesterday and continued today—but the strength on his shots are not where it usually is. That report suggests Chara may still be a few days or games away from returning.

Source: Amalie Benjamin 10/8/15, 7:58 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) is practicing for the second straight day.

Chara skated on his own for over one week, but has been on the ice with his teammates for the last two days. He filtered in on the Bruins’ second PP unit, which is a good sign that he is nearing game action. Monitor his status leading up to the Bruins’ season opener tomorrow.

Source: Joe Haggerty 10/7/15, 6:34 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) skated again on Friday; remains day-to-day with no timetable for return.

Chara has been out for over a week and has yet to join the Bruins for full practice yet. The Bruins are already without Dennis Seidenberg and they traded Dougie Hamilton, so they can’t afford to have Chara miss anytime at all. However, given his progress to this point, it seems unlikely that he will be ready for the season opener.

Source: Joe Haggerty 10/2/15, 8:27 am EST

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Chara (upper-body) skated on his own on Monday.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury last Thursday, but returned to the ice this morning. He was unable to join his team for full practice, but he did skate by himself which is an encouraging sign for Bruins’ fans and Chara owners. He is progressing towards and appearance in the Bruins’ season opener, but continue to monitor his status throughout the next week.

Source: Joe Haggerty 09/28/15, 9:41 am EST

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Chara left Thursday’s preseason game with an upper-body injury and did not return.

The Bruins blueline is starting to fall apart before the season even arrives. It was already looking relatively thin after the Dougie Hamilton trade, but then Dennis Seidenberg had back surgery and Chara has gone down. There is no word on the severity of Chara’s injury, but the Bruins can not afford to lose their big defenseman for any period of time.

Source: Zack Cox 09/25/15, 7:34 am EST

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Chara has a permanently torn PCL in his left knee.

Chara said that his PCL is permanently torn, but it is something that he won’t need surgery on. His knee is stabilized and healed, but it will be something that he will need to play through for the remainder of his career. It was obvious that Chara was slowed this season and now you know why.

Source: Joe Haggerty 04/14/15, 6:42 am EST

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