ROCKLAND, Ontario Its looking more and more like Zdeno Chara might be back in the lineup when the top two teams in the East do battle in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon.
Chara was a full participant in Bruins practice Friday morning at the Canadian International Hockey Academy, a co-ed hockey institution geared to elite hockey athletes from around the world from grades 9-12 about one half-hour outside the city of Ottawa.
Chara took a normal part in full team practice, didnt seem hesitant at all in contact drills with his teammates and looked just a tad careful when taking turns on the left knee. But otherwise the Bs captain looked spry and joined a full compliment of his teammates on the ice.
Thats the most encouraging sign yet that Chara may be ready to suit up again after missing only two games with a knee injury, and could be a part of Saturday afternoons marquee match between the Bruins and Flyers.
BRIGHTON, Mass. -- A day after exiting a 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins with complications from migraines, Tuukka Rask was missing from a full Bruins team practice at Warrior Ice Arena prior to Tuesday night’s home date against the Detroit Red Wings.
Rask pulled himself out of the game midway through the second period with his team trailing after he’d stopped 20-of-22 shots, and was motioning toward his eyes as he exited for the Bruins dressing room. The Bruins goalie confirmed to reporters following the deflating loss that he indeed was suffering from ocular issues consistent with migraines, the same issue that knocked him out of a home loss to the Rangers a couple of years ago.
The Bruins brought in an emergency goalie to practice with the team on Monday along with backup netminder Zane McIntyre, who allowed three goals in the third period on the way to the Bruins imploding in Pittsburgh.
Both Colin Miller and Kevan Miller returned to practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins coaches shook up the forward lines after they were only able to cobble together one goal on 45 shots on Sunday afternoon. Torey Krug was also missing from practice along with Rask.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday morning’s practice that started roughly an hour late due to the team doing some video work together:
K. Miller-C. Miller