Zdeno Chara to Miss Bruins Season Opener With Upper Body Injury
The Boston Bruins begin the 2015-16 season tonight and will be without Captain Zdeno Chara. Chara, who suffered an injury on September 24th, skated with the team today, but didn’t feel ready to give it a go.
“You always want to play, but unfortunately at this time, the stage where I’m at, I’ve got to wait for another day” Chara told reporters on Thursday, “Obviously I want to play as soon as I can, but at the same time it’s Game 1 and know that it’s [not] less important than any other game, but at this time, I want to continue to have progress and keep going forward with it instead of having setbacks.”
The option of playing a limited Chara crossed Coach Claude Juliens mind, but when asked, Juliens answer and decision to not play Chara, may have triggered Bruins fans to believe that Chara’s injury could be more serious then previously anticipated That would depend on the risk that you take, you know. What is that risk? If it’s minimal then maybe you do. If there’s more damage that can be done over that course of playing in the game or two earlier versus being safer down the road why not? You have to be smart about your decision-making. So to me if there’s no risk and he’s got to play hurt or little risk and he’s got to play with a little bit of pain – no problem. If it’s the other way around, there’s a big risk, then why risk it this early in the season?
With no Chara in the lineup tonight, the Bruins will roll with 6, Krug-McQuaid, Morrow-K. Miller, and Trotman-Irwin. Colin Miller is a healthy scratch against a Winnipeg team who is coming off its first playoff appearance since 2007, which is also the last time the Jets (Formally Atlanta Thrashers) beat the Bruins at home.