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Chara feeling 'better than I expected' but status still day-to-day

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff  December 12, 2011 12:37 PM

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WILMINGTON -- Although he sat out today's practice at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for Tuesday night;s game against the Los Angeles Kings at TD Garden, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, speaking to media for the first time since he sustained a left lower-leg injury in Saturday night's win at Columbus, said he "was feeling better than I expected,''

Asked about whether the plan was to take the next week off, Chara replied, "No, the plan is to take it a day at a time, really. You can't really put a time frame on it. You bascially have to see how it feels and it feels better than expected.''

It came as an encouraging development for Bruins coach Claude Julien.

"He is better today than he was [Sunday], so that is good news,'' Julien said. "The only thing we know right now is that he's day-to-day. We can't do any better than that. That's the situation he's in; he's improved and the way our group is looking at it right now, our medical staff, he's a day-to-day. Obviously, pretty questionable for tomorrow and even I'd say doubtful.''

Chara, who suffered the injury during a power play in the second period of Saturday's 5-3 road victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena, said he wasn't certain how long he would be out of the lineup.

"Most likely, I won't be playing tomorrow,'' he said. "That's as far as I can tell you right now. Honestly, it's a stage right now where we can't talk about it any further than 24 hours ahead.''

Chara said it was normal ''to be worried that it might be more serious'' but those feelings subsided after taking the last two days off.

"During the game, there's obviously a lot of emotions involved and once you calm down, you really know when you sleep on it, the next day, so that was the biggest thing,'' Chara said. "So far, it's been really good.''

In other items:

  • Daniel Paille returned to practice for the first time today since suffering a mild concussion in last Thursday's 2-0 loss vs. the Florida Panthers. "He looked fine,'' Julien said. "Today was a non-contact day. So he’s going through the protocol of what he has to go through and so far things have been going well.'' Asked about Paille's status for Tuesday night's game, Julien replied: ``All depends on how everything goes because he still has to go through a couple of things, but that was another stage he had to go through today."
  • Gregory Campbell sat out today's practice after taking a puck off his left foot trying to help kill off a penalty in Saturday night's game at. the Blue Jackets. Julien reported Campbell was in a walking boot and limping around the team's locker room at Ristuccia Arena. "He’s also a guy I would list as questionable for tomorrow. He didn’t feel very good today, but he’s a tough individual and questionable for tomorrow.

    Asked if Campbell had undergone an X-ray examination, Julien said. ``Not sure. Honestly, I just saw him in a walking boot, limping, and he’s had treatments here this morning so I don’t know exactly what the final verdict is other than when they told me he was questionable.''

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