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

Chara has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury, but he will return to the lineup vs. the Panthers. Chara is expected to replace Joe Morrow in the lineup and comes into play with one goal and five assists (six points) in 19 games this season.

Source: Steve Conroy 12/5/16, 6:21 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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The Bruins have activated Zdeno Chara (knee) from IR; expected to play Thursday.

It looks like Chara will return to the lineup tonight after missing exactly seven weeks with a sprained MCL. Chara will play on the top pair with Dougie Hamilton and is expected to be the net-front presence on the top power-play unit. His return is huge for a Bruins team who went 11-7-1 without their captain.

Source: Steve Conroy 12/11/14, 10:01 am EST

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Chara (knee) is a game-time decision tonight.

Leading up to tonight, Chara has been practicing on a regular pairing and the power-play, both signs that he was going to return tonight. Chara skated again this morning and was off with the main group, however coach Julien would not confirm that Chara will be in the lineup tonight.

Source: Jack Edwards 12/11/14, 6:48 am EST

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Chara (knee) could be back in the Bruins lineup on Thursday.

Chara has been skating with the team for the last two weeks, but Tuesday’s practice was the most promising to date. Chara skated with Dougie Hamilton and took part in contact drills, both signs he will be back on Thursday. Monitor his status over the next two days.

Source: Fluto Shinzawa 12/9/14, 6:20 am EST

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