Bruins will be without Chara in season opener

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The Boston Bruins just have to hope their fortune changes quickly because luck certainly hasn’t been on their side thus far.

They announced this morning that captain Zdeno Chara won’t be available for tonight’s season opener against the Winnipeg Jets. That’s on top of missing Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) after their defense had already been weakened by trading Dougie Hamilton over the summer.

The result is that the Bruins are going into the season with some very unflattering defensive pairings:

None of the Bruins’ six blueliners averaged 20 minutes or more last season. Two of them (Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow) have less than 30 games worth of NHL experience while Kevan Miller has fewer than 100 games under his belt.

Boston is trying to bounce back after missing the playoffs last season and coach Claude Julien is seen as someone who is on the hot streak before Boston’s season even starts.