Bruins’ Zdeno Chara returning Saturday?

Mark J. Miller

When Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara went down with a leg injury last Saturday night, it was expected that he would miss three games, but it is now looking like he may return after only missing two and be in the lineup for Saturday's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The veteran defenseman "hinted" on Wednesday that he could appear in that evening's game against the Ottawa Senators. But the Bruins "opted to hold him back and give what is believed to be a minor left knee sprain a few more days to heal," according to the Boston Herald.

"He skated and he's obviously doing a lot better, but certainly not to the point where we want him in," coach Claude Julien said, the Herald reports. "We're very optimistic that he'll be back soon. We gave him a couple of days to let it calm down. He's been biking a lot since that happened and he skated [Wednesday]. Right now it's going in the right direction."

The 34-year-old Chara, who won the Norris Trophy in 2009, has six goals and 13 assists in the team's 28 games. He's also averaging 24:48 of ice time per game.

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