BOSTON — Bruins captain and No. 1 defenseman Zdeno Chara has begun skating on his own, but he’s not yet ready to join his teammates for game action.
Chara, who hasn’t played since suffering a PCL tear in his left knee on Oct. 23, will not join the B’s for their upcoming four-game road trip against the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes.
“No, (Zdeno) is not going to make the trip,” Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after Boston’s 2-1 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night. “He’s going to stay here, skate, and continue to, I guess, work on his rehab.”
Surprisingly, the Bruins are 10-4-1 without Chara in the lineup. Young defensemen such as Dougie Hamilton and Joe Morrow have impressed in more important roles, which is encouraging.
Boston’s first game back after the road trip is Thursday, Dec. 11 against the Chicago Blackhawks. The B’s also will play at home that Saturday against the Ottawa Senators before going on a three-game road trip.
The Bruins have recalled and assigned many different players over the last few weeks as injuries have tested the team’s depth at every position except goaltender. We might see additional call-ups for the upcoming West Coast trip.
“We’re talking about bringing maybe an extra player or two, obviously because we’re going to California,” Julien said.
“That decision hasn’t been made. We wanted to wait for tonight’s game to be done, because who knows what was going to happen. So, we talked about it and we were going to reconvene here and make some decisions. So you could see those decisions made by (Saturday).”
Bruins forwards Chris Kelly and Brad Marchand recently returned to the lineup after missing games because of injuries. Veteran center David Krejci has missed 10 of Boston’s last 12 games, including the last four, with an undisclosed injury.
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