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Max Talbot, Jonas Gustavsson won’t travel for preseason finale 10.02.15 at 11:31 am ET
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The Bruins will play their preseason finale Friday when they face the Capitals at the Verizon Center, but they’ll be leaving a pair of players behind.

Forward Max Talbot and backup goalie candidate Jonas Gustavsson will hang back for Friday night’s game, with Claude Julien saying that neither move is an indication of either player’s status with the team. Tuukka Rask will get the start, with Jeremy Smith backing him up.

The lines in Friday’s practice were as follows:

Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Hayes-Spooner-Connolly
Kelly-Kemppainen-Rinaldo

All seven of the Bruins’ healthy defensemen — Torey Krug, Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman, Joe Morrow, Matt Irwin, Colin Miller and Kevan Miller — are expected to make the trip. Zdeno Chara did not practice with the B’s Friday, though he did skate again prior to the practice.

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Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) won’t play Bruins preseason finale 10.01.15 at 10:37 am ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated by himself again prior to Thursday’€™s practice as he continues to rehab an upper-body injury injury suffered in last Thursday’€™s preseason game against the Rangers. He did not practice afterwards and will not play in Friday’s preseason finale against the Capitals.

Chara was on the ice for at least 15 minutes, working with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. He worked mostly on retrieving pucks, catching passes and stick handling. It does not appear Chara is ready to shoot the puck, as he abstained from shooting aside from an occasional lazy wrist shot.

Asked at Thursday’s media day availability whether he could shoot yet, Chara would only reply, “I skated today.”

The 38-year-old was adamant that his current injury is not related to any previous injuries. He lamented the timing of it and expressed his desire to return quickly.

“It’€™s not just the games; I hate missing practices, I hate missing skating with the guys,” Chara said. “It’€™s everything about it that you don’€™t want to do on your own. It’€™s a team sport. You have 20-plus guys involved, so I hate not being with them. At the same time, I know that’€™s the process that you have to go through. I understand the day-to-day routing for a guy who is obviously on the sideline. Hopefully I can be out there soon.”

Asked whether Chara would be available for next Thursday’s season-opener, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said he is “hopeful” that Chara will play.

“He’s made a nice progression here in the last little while,” Don Sweeney. “Injuries have their own timetable. You can put a range on it, but the player himself and where he feels today, tomorrow and where we go forward. I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’m not hopeful that [he returns soon]. Clearly I am, but he’s made good progress and we’ll continue to allow the medical and the healing piece to go forward.”

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Also missing from Thursday’s skate were Alexander Khokhlachev, Anton Blidh and the players recalled for Wednesday’s game (Chris Breen, Brandon DeFazio and Ben Sexton. Sweeney said after the practice that the team has made more cuts, but did not specify which players were released from camp.

The lines and pairings were as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Eriksson
Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
Hayes-Spooner-Connolly
Kelly-Kemppainen-Ferlin
Rinaldo-Talbot-Randell

Krug-McQuaid
Irwin-Trotman
Morrow-K. Miller
Cross-C. Miller

Goalies: Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith, Jonas Gustavsson

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Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) skates by himself again, won’t play Wednesday 09.29.15 at 11:51 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara skated by himself prior to Tuesday’€™s practice, marking the second straight day the B’€™s captain has taken the ice since suffering an upper-body injury last week.

Chara did not stay out for Boston’€™s practice. Claude Julien said following the practice that Chara will not play Wednesday night against the Rangers, though the 38-year-old defenseman could soon start practicing. The B’s are not ruling out the possibility of Chara potentially playing in Friday’s preseason finale against the Capitals.

Julien also revealed Jonas Gustavsson will play the entire game Wednesday as the team continues to figure out its potential backup goalie situation. The only goaltenders left on Boston’s roster are Gustavsson (still on a professional tryout), Tuukka Rask and Jeremy Smith.

Also absent from Tuesday’€™s practice were defenseman Linus Arnesson and forwards Frank Vatrano and Austin Czarnik. It’€™s possible that the Bruins may have made cuts Tuesday morning.

David Krejci was back with the bulk of his teammates after skating in Monday’€™s smaller session. He skated with Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak, while Brett Connolly was back on his line with Ryan Spooner and Jimmy Hayes after sitting for Monday’€™s preseason game.

The following players took the ice for Tuesday’€™s practice:

Forwards: Connolly, Ferlin, Randell, Kemppainen, Blidh, Talbot, Hayes, Marchand, Spooner, Beleskey, Rinaldo, Bergeron, Khokhlachev, Eriksson, Kelly, Pastrnak, Krejci, Kelly

Defense: Kevan Miller, Irwin, Trotman, Krug, Colin Miller, Morrow, McQuaid, Cross

Goalies: Rask, Gustavsson, Smith

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Zdeno Chara progressing, skates prior to Bruins practice 09.28.15 at 9:57 am ET
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Claude Julien is optimistic about Zdeno Chara‘s status after the Boston captain skated on his own Monday morning at TD Garden.

Chara, who left Thursday night’€™s preseason game with an upper-body injury after three shifts, was given the weekend off by the Bruins. Claude Julien said Saturday that the team’€™s plan was to re-evaluate him on Monday. According to Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald, Chara skated for over half an hour.

Julien said that Chara will not play in Monday night’s preseason game against the Red Wings, but that the team is encouraged by his progress.

“We’€™ve kept it day-to-day because he’€™s progressing,” Julien said. “Obviously [he won’t play] tonight. We’€™ll see how the rest of the week goes here. Like anything else, we’€™re going to be more cautious than anything.”

The fact that Chara is skating now is reason to believe his injury isn’t serious to keep him out of regular-season action, though his status will obviously be monitored going forward.

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Zdeno Chara (upper-body injury) given weekend off by Bruins 09.26.15 at 10:35 am ET
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WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara was kept off the ice for the second straight day as the Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena ahead of Saturday night’€™s preseason game against the Red Wings. Claude Julien said following the team’s first session that Chara, who left Thursday’€™s preseason game with an upper-body after three shifts, has been given the weekend off.

“He’ll be re-evaluated on Monday,” Julien said. “Things continue to at least stay positive in our minds.”

The first of the two groups will play Saturday night in Detroit. Its lineup looked as such:

Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
Blidh-Khokhlachev-Ferlin
DeBrusk-Kelly-Hickman
Camara-Acciarai-Connolly

Krug-Trotman
Arnesson-Kevan Miller
Cross-Carlo
Youds

Subban, Smith

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Zdeno Chara day-to-day with upper-body injury 09.25.15 at 12:43 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara is “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury, according to Claude Julien. Chara left Thursday’s preseason game against the Rangers after three shifts, with a check from Ryan Bourque potentially doing the damage.

It’s worth considering that teams use “day-to-day” far more liberally than they should. Dennis Seidenberg, for example, was deemed day-to-day at the beginning of training camp, and though his back issue actually never got worse, the injury required surgery and will keep him out eight weeks.

The Bruins gave the players who played Thursday the day off on Friday. The forward lines in the practice were as follows:

Beleskey-Krejci-Pastrnak
DeBrusk-Kelly-Hickman
DeFazio-Khokhlachev-Blidh
Camara-Acciari/Sexton-Ferlin

The Bruins used different pairings on defense, but the blueliners to take the ice Friday were Torey Krug, Kevan Miller, Zach Trotman, Jakub Zboril, Ben Youds, Chris Breen, Tommy Cross, Linus Arnesson and Chris Casto.

Tuukka Rask and Malcolm Subban practiced for goalies. Rask has not played in any of Boston’€™s three preseason games so far.

Following the practice, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports and Journal de Montreal reported that the Bruins waived Zack Philips, Brandon DeFazio, and Breen.

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Zdeno Chara leaves Bruins preseason game with upper-body injury 09.24.15 at 8:01 pm ET
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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara left Thursday’€™s preseason game against the Rangers with what the team is calling an upper-body injury.

Chara played just three shifts, the last of which ended at 4:12 of the first, before leaving the game. He took a hit from Rangers forward Ryan Bourque on his final shift, with Chara being thrown into the boards as a result. He appeared to be carrying himself fine after the hit, however.

Following the game, Claude Julien offered no update on Chara’s situation. It goes without saying that the B’s don’t want to find out what an already changed team would look like if it had to head into the regular season without him.

“He’€™s always a huge component to our team,” Brad Marchand said. “He’€™s a huge leader on and off the ice; he’€™s such a strong presence. I don’€™t exactly know what happened, but hopefully he’€™s OK.”

Thursday marked Chara’€™s first game of the preseason. The 38-year-old is looking to have a healthy season after missing 19 games due to a torn PCL last season.

 

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