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:
Scratched: Shawn Thornton (suspension)