Headed for Sochi, Chara misses B's practice

Headed for Sochi, Chara misses B's practice
February 5, 2014, 7:00 pm
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WILMINGTON -- The Bruins went through their normal practice routine on Wednesday despite the driving snow outside Ristuccia Arena, and once again Adam McQuaid was not on the ice with his teammates.

McQuaid has essentially been ruled out for the final two games prior to the Olympic break. He won’t accompany the team to St. Louis for the game Thursday night against the Blues. The Bruins are hoping he'll get back on the ice by the end of this week after missing the past seven games with a leg injury.

Zdeno Chara was also missing for the B’s practice session on Wednesday, and has presumably begun his travel plans to Sochi, Russia, for his Slovakian flag-bearing responsibilities slated for Friday at the Opening Ceremony.

Chara spoke about the situation after the B’s 3-1 victory over the Canucks on Tuesday night in his final B’s appearance prior to the Olympics.

“I would never have made this decision without talking to the team -- management, coaches and obviously players," he said. "It would be pretty selfish if I were to make that decision on my own. This [decision] was made as a group and that was the only way I would accept it. So I really appreciate it again, and it means a lot to me. Thank you to all who made that decision.”

That left David Warsofsky as the sixth defenseman skating in place of Chara, and gives the Black and Gold a vastly different complexion headed into the final two games of the break against the Blues and Senators. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on the Wednesday practice at Ristuccia: