Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will be out 4-6 weeks because of a knee injury, The Athletic reported Friday.
Chara was injured Wednesday in the first period of Boston’s game against the Avalanche. Chara’s knee twisted awkwardly as he made contact with Colorado center Carl Soderberg along the boards.
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Chara, 41, is in his 21st NHL season. He has three goals and one assist this season, but his presence on the ice will be missed most. He averages 21:30 a game, second only to fellow defenseman Torey Krug’s 21:42.
The loss of Chara, who’s also the team’s captain, is the latest in a string of injuries to hit the Bruins’ defense. Four other defensemen are sidelined — Brandon Carlo (upper body), Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Kevan Miller (hand) and Urho Vaakanainen (concussion) — and defenseman John Moore (lower body) is listed day-to-day.
The Bruins have turned to defensemen from AHL affiliate Providence to plug the holes. Connor Clifton and Jakub Zboril made their NHL debuts in Friday’s 1-0 overtime loss to the Stars.
Next up, the Bruins face the Coyotes in Arizona at 8 p.m. ET Saturday.