Bruins captain Zdeno Chara remains in Boston as his teammates head out on a four-game western road trip, which begins Monday in Anaheim.
The hope is once the team gets back, Chara will be close to returning to the lineup.
“You know, we’re gone for eight days now, so I can’t predict what’s going to happen after eight days. You’d like to hope [he’s close to returning], but I don’t know,” coach Claude Julien told the team’s website.
Chara has been out since Oct. 23 with a tear in the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The 37-year-old has already missed 14 games, but has been skating regularly with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides.
“[The trainers are] going at the stage here where they didn’t think it was an advantage to bring him with us on the trip and he’d be better served staying behind and rehabbing and skating here on his own with (David Krejci),” said Julien.
Chara had two goals and three points while averaging 21:41 in ice time in nine games prior to the injury.