Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 27: Zdeno Chara #33 of the Boston Bruins looks on during the second period against the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden on October 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com

RALEIGH, N.C. — It would appear that the Bruins are going to have to sweep their third-round series against the Hurricanes without captain Zdeno Chara, who is not on the ice for the team’s pregame warmup at PNC Arena.

The 42-year-old Chara was not on the ice for Wednesday’s practice at PNC Arena, but did speak with reporters following the game, and did hit the ice for this morning’s optional morning skate.

This will be the first playoff game Chara’s missed since Game 2 of Boston’s first-round series against the Canadiens back in 2011.

It appears that John Moore, who has not played since Game 6 of the team’s first-round series against the Maple Leafs, will suit up in place of Chara. Moore has a minus-2 rating and three shots on goal in three postseason appearances this spring.

But it will be Matt Grezlcyk who skates as Chara’s direct replacement to the left of Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins will keep the Torey Krug-Brandon Carlo pairing together, too, meaning the B’s third pairing will feature Moore and Connor Clifton.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He has also been a voting member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 2013. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.