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Bear Essentials: Will Chara Practice Today?

Boston's captain hopes to return to practice in Wilmington

Tuesday, 03.18.2008 / 8:44 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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Bear Essentials: Will Chara Practice Today?
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room.
A small group of injured and recently scratched players took to the ice Monday in Wilmington, and B's defenseman Zdeno Chara was one of them.

The Bruins captain looked strong, stronger than he had on Saturday in the TD Banknorth Garden, and his intense demeanor provided hope that he might be available for action this week against the Montreal Canadiens.

"It's getting better," said Chara. "We'll see how it is [on Tuesday],

"Hopefully there are no setbacks.

"We'll keep moving forward, day-to-day, and see how it feels," he said.

With the only only official words on the issue being "upper-torso injury" Big Zee was asked if there were anything he couldn't do?

"I'm doing everything everybody else is doing," he answered, before he conceded that nobody has everything in the tank at this time of year.

On a follow up question, the captain was queried as to whether he could go at less than full strength.

"Nobody, at this point, is 100%," explained Zee. "As long as I feel that it's good enough to be playing, I'll be playing."

Chara, who scored the game-tying goal in a 2-1 win over the Capitals on March 8th after being hurt earlier in the contest, said his injury was not on his mind as that game reached crunch time.

"You're just thinking about winning the hockey game," he said. "You want to help the team to win.

"You worry about other things later.

"After the game I felt like it needed to be rested," said Chara.

If everything goes correctly, that rest will end today.


9:19 a.m.
Let's take a look at the Eastern Conference standings (courtesy NHL.com):

Washington CapitalsConference standings reflect the order in which teams would qualify for the playoffs. Division leaders (marked with a *) are automatically seeded first through third.

Eastern Conference
Rank   GP W L   OT Pts GF GA Home Away L10
1 New Jersey Devils* 72 42 24   6 90 188 168 22-12-1 20-12-5 6-3-1
2 Montréal Canadiens* 73 40 24   9 89 230 200 18-13-5 22-11-4 7-3-0
3 Carolina Hurricanes* 74 39 30   5 83 225 229 22-12-3 17-18-2 8-2-0
4 Pittsburgh Penguins 72 41 24   7 89 220 196 21-10-5 20-14-2 6-3-1
5 Ottawa Senators 73 40 26   7 87 231 215 21-12-3 19-14-4 4-5-1
6 New York Rangers 72 37 26   9 83 188 177 22-13-1 15-13-8 7-2-1
7 Boston Bruins 73 37 27   9 83 189 202 19-14-4 18-13-5 3-4-3
8 Philadelphia Flyers 73 35 28   10 80 220 214 16-14-6 19-14-4 4-3-3
 
9 Buffalo Sabres 73 34 28   11 79 227 214 18-13-5 16-15-6 4-4-2
10 Washington Capitals 73 35 30   8 78 212 213 20-15-3 15-15-5 7-3-0
11 Florida Panthers 74 35 31   8 78 200 205 17-13-7 18-18-1 7-2-1
12 Toronto Maple Leafs 73 32 31   10 74 205 227 17-15-5 15-16-5 6-3-1
13 New York Islanders 73 32 34   7 71 176 219 17-16-3 15-18-4 2-8-0
14 Atlanta Thrashers 74 31 35   8 70 196 246 18-16-3 13-19-5 2-4-4
15 Tampa Bay Lightning 72 29 35   8 66 203 230 18-17-2 11-18-6 4-5-1
 
Mirtle, the hockey blogger, at mirtle.blogspot.com updated his "standings" as well...

Here's a look at the record each team needs to attain my projected point mark and (essentially) guarantee a playoff berth (updated with Monday games):

Eastern Conference (92 points)

New Jersey - 1-9-0
Pittsburgh - 1-8-1
Montreal - 1-7-1
Ottawa - 2-6-1
N.Y. Rangers - 4-5-1
Boston - 4-4-1
Carolina - 4-3-1
Philadelphia - 6-3-0
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Buffalo - 6-2-1
Washington - 7-2-0
Florida - 7-1-0
Toronto - 9-0-0
N.Y. Islanders - max 89 points
Atlanta - max 86 points
Tampa Bay - max 86 points

Mirtle also reports that Boston is third in the entire NHL with 305 man games lost to injury.

The 92-point mark seems a resonable assumption. But I have heard others go as low as a 90 point "guarantee" for the playoffs.


2:26 p.m.
Big Zee skated and looked pretty darn great -- and in my opinion even showed improvement on Monday's effort, which was also quite good.

Today, a very fired up Zdeno Chara gave Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez all they could handle in goal and seemed to have no physical limitations. BTW: Manny Fernandez has been cleared by the Bruins medical staff to practice and play.

Unfortunately, there was no team practice today, as Coach Julien sought to rest the Bruins for another day -- although they did do on ice conditioning.

3:09 p.m.
Unfortunately, we may have to wait a day or two to see if Captain Chara, who turns 31 today, is prepared to battle the Habs.

"It's feeling better...it's getting better, slowly," was all he would say on the subject of his "upper torso injury."

And on the subject of Thursday, all Chara would say was, "I don't know, we'll see how it feels tomorrow.

"It's day-to-day.

"Everyday is a test," he said.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 11 8 2 1 29 29 17
2 TBL 11 7 3 1 38 29 15
3 DET 9 5 2 2 22 19 12
4 OTT 9 5 2 2 26 22 12
5 BOS 12 6 6 0 32 30 12
6 FLA 8 3 2 3 12 17 9
7 TOR 9 4 4 1 25 25 9
8 BUF 11 2 8 1 13 36 5

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 9 3 6 3 9
C. Soderberg 12 3 5 0 8
M. Lucic 12 2 6 1 8
C. Kelly 12 2 5 3 7
B. Marchand 12 3 3 2 6
D. Hamilton 12 2 4 1 6
L. Eriksson 12 2 4 3 6
T. Krug 11 2 4 2 6
P. Bergeron 12 1 5 -1 6
S. Griffith 8 3 2 -1 5
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
N. Svedberg 2 2 0 .940 1.67
T. Rask 4 4 0 .899 2.81
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