The Boston Bruins have treaded water without Zdeno Chara, but they might not be undermanned for much longer.

Chara has been out since Nov. 22 with a lower body injury and will miss Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins defenseman practiced Friday, however, and head coach Claude Julien believes we could see Big Z back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

“I think he’s getting pretty close,” Julien told reporters Friday, as aired on NESN’s “Big Bad Bruins Live.” “… I think that the term ‘day-to-day’ is really fitting right now.”

Hear more from Julien and Chara himself in the video above.

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