Chara will play today versus Lightning

The winless Boston Bruins will have captain Zdeno Chara back in their lineup this afternoon at home versus Tampa Bay.

Chara missed the Bruins’ first two games — a 6-2 loss to Winnipeg followed by a 4-2 loss to Montreal — with an upper-body injury.

Chara is expected to be paired with Kevan Miller, while Torey Krug will skate with Adam McQuaid, and Joe Morrow will go with rookie Colin Miller.

Also, Brett Connolly is expected to replace Brad Marchand (concussion) on Boston’s top line with Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson.

Matt Irwin cleared waivers today and was assigned to AHL Providence.

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