Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy provides an update on Zdeno Chara

Will Big Z be ready to go for Game 1?

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We don’t yet know who the Boston Bruins will face in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, but we do know that captain Zdeno Chara will be on the ice for Game 1. At least, that’s the plan according to Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy.

Cassidy met with the media earlier today to discuss his captain’s health and his plan for the next week while his team rests and prepares for their next opponent.

“He’s good. He got through practice, no issues,” said Cassidy when asked about Chara. “I guess tomorrow will be a better day to evaluate soreness and stiffness but we’re off tomorrow anyways so he’ll get some rest and get ready to go for Wednesday.”

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"It was nice to be out there again, skated [on Sunday] then skated with the team," said Chara. "It was a good practice, good pace. I'm taking it one day at a time. [Tuesday's] an off day, but get back at it on Wednesday."

"It was. I'm not gonna lie," Chara said when asked if it was difficult to sit out Game 4 against the Carolina Hurricanes. “Watching games is not fun. You want to play them and you want to be involved. For sure it was something that [I] was feeling that kind of anxiousness to play. But guys did a great job, won the game, so that's great."