The Boston Bruins are treading water until they get healthy. They’ve gone 7-3 in their last 10 games and being without two first line players has definitely been noticeable as the B’s have struggled both on the road and against the more talented teams in the NHL.
Good news coming from Bruins practice this morning though as David Krejci and Andrew Miller both were full participants in practice and though Brad Marchand missed practice, Coach Claude Julien calls him probable for Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
Of course, being down Zdeno Chara will mean an uphill battle for the Bruins, but the captain was placed on IR back on October 25th with a knee injury meaning while he’s healing, the 38-year old Chara can get some time off of the regular season grind. A surgically repaired PCL can take from 6-12 months to heal, but Chiarelli said that Chara wouldn’t need surgery so the timetable is shorter.
“There is not a timeline right now. I wish I could tell you guys exactly when I’m going to return,” Chara said. “But at this point, it’s really such a slow process, that who knows when the day is going to be.”
He and the team is putting his recovery about 4-6 weeks as of November 5th, but for someone a little older like Chara, I would lean more towards the 6 week mark. That brings him back near the end of December or in January at some point as a best case scenario.
Until then, the Bruins continue to gain health and as long as they don’t fall out of the playoff contention, I wouldn’t rush Chara or Krejci for that matter. The B’s are only 5 points behind Montreal, who is first in the division with plenty of time. There’s no need to panic if you’re a Bruins fan because health in the playoffs is the main priority, not health in November.