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Chara to play for Bruins against Islanders

Tuesday, 12.31.2013 / 12:14 PM

By Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Chara to play for Bruins against Islanders

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The news about Dennis Seidenberg's season-ending injury has had several days to sink in for the Boston Bruins.

Now they can get back to work with a little positive news because Zdeno Chara is expected back in the lineup Tuesday night at TD Garden against the New York Islanders. The Bruins defenseman missed a loss against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday because of an undisclosed injury. That game was also the first the Bruins played without Seidenberg, who sustained an ACL/MCL injury Friday.

Chara said he's feeling good, even if he's not in perfect condition.

"I mean if you look at it, there's not always the case that you're going to be 100 percent," Chara said after the team's morning skate at Ristuccia Arena. "I mean a lot of players go through it ... and that's just the way it is. You're going to have to battle through some aches and pains. But I think it's pretty common in this sport, or really any sport."

Here is the Bruins' projected lineup:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciJarome Iginla

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronReilly Smith

Matt FraserRyan SpoonerNick Johnson

Daniel PailleGregory CampbellJordan Caron

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk

Matt BartkowskiKevan Miller

Torey KrugAdam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Chad Johnson

Scratched: Shawn Thornton (suspension)

Injured: Dougie Hamilton (lower body), Carl Soderberg (concussion), Loui Eriksson (concussion), Dennis Seidenberg (knee), Chris Kelly (leg)

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