The Boston Bruins announced Saturday morning that Captain Zdeno Chara was hospitalized Friday night due to dehydration.
No further details were available about specifics of the particular case, but Claude Julien said that Chara was expected in the lineup this evening.
“Unless I hear otherwise from the team’s medical staff he’s in,” said the Bruins coach.
Chara’s teammates were finding out about their captain’s status as soon as the media did upon arrival for their morning skate, but were confident that Chara would be ready.
“I don’t know too much about it so I can’t comment. I know him real well and he’s a battler and he’ll do whatever it takes to be ready,” said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. “He’s a big man who plays big minutes, he does a great job of playing the role he does. He’s a big time player and he’s going to do whatever it takes.”
“I’m sure if there is any possibility for him to play he will be in the lineup,” explained Bruins forward Shawn Thorton “I’ve seen guys play through a lot of stuff. I’m hoping he’s available to play because he’s arguably our best player.”
When asked to comment on the status of the Bruins captain, Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri took a poke at Bruins assistant captain, Mark Recchi, who recently put himself in hot water when publicly questioning the severity of injuries sustained to the Montreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty.
“I’m not an MD so I’m not going to be like Mark Recchi and diagnose the other team,” he explained.
Obviously the main question mark for this evenings match up is Chara’s availability, but if available what percentage of his best game will be put forward?
The Bruins look to tighten up play in their own end after two bad turnovers inside their own blue line cost them both goals scored by the Canadiens during Thursday’s game one loss to Montreal. With Chara playing not at 100% or even playing at all, the rest of the Bruins D corps must help make up for the missing physical presence of their captain.