Chara set for preseason debut tonight

BOSTON -- The Bruins host the Islanders Friday in in their first home preseason game and captain Zdeno Chara will return to the lineup after missing the “Black and White” scrimmage Tuesday and the preseason opener Wednesday at Ottawa. Chara had suffered a contusion in his right knee area Monday when an errant clearing shot hit him in practice. He told the media Friday morning that he is ready to go and is happy the injury wasn’t serious.

“I’m feeling good,” Chara said. “I’m very glad that it wasn’t [serious]. Obviously it’s something that you’re a little worried about when it does happen but I was pleased that it wasn’t as bad as it looked. We took all the necessary steps to make sure that it was nothing major and it isn’t. Just have to still treat it and nothing major. The pain is just a factor that I can handle but as far as the swelling and being able to have the full range of motion that’s the key.”

As for what Chara will focus on tonight, he said he is just trying to keep things simple and work hard.

“Compete, work extremely hard and play simple,” Chara said. “Obviously it’s the first game so I’m not trying to do too much but I’m trying to find the timing and get that rust away. So nothing too complicated.”

Chara also said he is ready for whatever ice time head coach Claude Julien throws at him.

“Whatever coach is comfortable with,” Chara said. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s preseason or regular season. I should be out there and I’m fine with it.”

Here’s the list of players dressing for tonight’s game:

Forwards: Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Benoit Pouliot, Milan Lucic, David Krejci, Jared Knight, Lane MacDermid, Alexander Khokhlachev, Jamie Arniel, Daniel Paille, Zach Hamill, Rich Peverley

Defensemen: Zdeno Chara, Steven Kampfer, Zach McKelvie, Dennis Seidenberg, Matt Bartkowski, Johnny Boychuk

Goalies: Tim Thomas
, Anton Khudobin