Zdeno Chara was spotted skating alone by the Boston Herald’€™s Steve Conroy Monday morning, a positive sign as word is awaited on the Boston captain’€™s status.

Chara, who left Thursday night’€™s preseason game with an upper-body injury after three shifts, was given the weekend off by the Bruins. Claude Julien said Saturday that the team’€™s plan was to re-evaluate him on Monday. According to Conroy, Chara skated for over half an hour.

The Bruins will hold two practices Monday morning before hosting the Red Wings in a preseason game Monday night at TD Garden.

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DJ Bean
Alexander Khokhachev

Alexander Khokhachev

With another round of cuts in the books, here’€™s a (still somewhat early) roster projection for the Bruins:

Forwards (13): Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Ryan Spooner, Chris Kelly, Brad Marchand, Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Zac Rinaldo, Loui Eriksson, David Pastrnak, Brett Connolly, Max Talbot, Joonas Kemppainen

Boston’s top nine forwards (in no particular order/alignment) are already locked in. It’s the fourth line and 13th forward where things get tricky.

A line of Chris Kelly between Zac Rinaldo and Max Talbot could potentially be infuriating to play against (Kelly gets under his opponents’ skin enough to draw a good number of undisciplined penalties, Talbot is a pest and Rinaldo is Rinaldo), but it would lack skill. The B’€™s could try Alexander Khokhlachev on the fourth line to remedy that, but that likely wouldn’€™t happen unless the B’€™s were to trade Kelly, who is due $3 million against the cap.

Given what a tough time veteran forwards had finding jobs this summer, the guess is the Bruins would have difficulty trading the 34-year-old center this time of year even if they wanted to.

As such, assume for now that Kelly isn’€™t going anywhere and that Khokhlachev is the odd man out. Kelly and Talbot provide upgrades over Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille, so the B’€™s should hope to ice a better fourth line than they had last season.

Pushing for a job, however, is Kemppainen, a defensive forward who comes to the NHL as a 27-year-old after years in Finland. To this point, Kemppainen has been put on lines this preseason with Rinaldo and Talbot more than Kelly has. That could simply be because the Bruins feel they already know what they have in Kelly, though giving him some reps with Rinaldo couldn’€™t hurt.

Early guess at lines:


Defensemen (8): Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, Zach Trotman, Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller, Matt Irwin, Joe Morrow, Colin Miller

Injured reserve: Dennis Seidenberg

The Bruins came into camp with nine NHL-caliber defensemen. With at least one of them hurt, it should be a no-brainer to just keep the other eight. The Bruins have not carried eight defensemen often in recent years, but it makes sense to here. Because the Bruins would likely lose him to waivers if they tried sending him to Providence, Joe Morrow pretty much has to make the team. Depending on the opponent, the more offensive Colin Miller can sub in for Kevan Miller or Zach Trotman on any given night.

Assuming Chara is healthy to begin the season — an optimistic assumption given that “day-to-day” really doesn’t mean anything anymore — keeping these eight would mean the Bruins would have four left-shot defensemen and four righties. Seidenberg’s injury could be something of a blessing in disguise, as the Bruins could give guys like Morrow, Irwin, Kevan Miller and Colin Miller the chance to separate themselves from the pack and become a fulltime blueliner for the B’s going forward.

As the Bruins await further word on Chara (he’ll be re-evaluated Monday after being given the weekend off), Krug and McQuaid should be attached at the hip. Worst-case scenario, they’ll face a major challenge of being a top pair, yet they should stay together as Boston’s second pair even if Chara is healthy.

Early guess at pairings:

Morrow/Irwin-C. Miller/K. Miller

Goalies (2): Tuukka Rask, Jeremy Smith

The Bruins sent Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre to Providence on Sunday, leaving Rask, Jonas Gustavsson and Smith as the only goaltenders remaining in camp for the B’s. The Bruins can always bring Subban and/or McIntyre back up during camp (as they did last fall with Spooner), but the assumption here has been that Smith would be the guy all along.

The 26-year-old Smith has taken a common path for recent Bruins backups: He started elsewhere (a second-round pick of the Predators in 2007), took a while to develop before becoming a solid AHL goalie. That worked for the Bruins with Anton Khudobin and Chad Johnson; it did not with with Niklas Svedberg. Still, Smith was strong enough last season (.933 save percentage in Providence) to deserve a crack at the backup gig.

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DJ Bean

The Bruins have made another round of cuts, most notably sending goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to Providence.

Malcolm Subban

Malcolm Subban

The Bruins have made another round of cuts, most notably sending goaltenders Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to Providence.

Also sent to Providence were Noel Acciari, Chris Breen, Anthony Camara, Brandon DeFazio, Justin Hickman, Zane McIntyre and Ben Sexton. The B’€™s sent first-round picks Jakub Zboril (Saint John of the QMJHL) and Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current of the WHL), as well as second-rounder (Tri-City of the WHL) back to their junior teams. Fifteenth overall pick Zach Senyshyn was sent back to his OHL club (Sault Ste. Marie) earlier in the week.

Free agent defenseman Ben Youds was released from camp and will attend Providence’€™s training camp.

Though McIntyre and Subban could still be brought back up (a la Ryan Spooner last training camp), it would appear that Jeremy Smith and Jonas Gustavsson are now the finalists to be Tuukka Rask‘s backup.

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DJ Bean

David Krejci scored a pair of goals as the Bruins picked up a 4-3 overtime win over the Red Wings Saturday night in Detroit. The exhibition win improved the Bruins to 4-0-0 in preseason action.

Krejci scored both of his goals in the first period. After the Red Wings scored a pair of goals on Malcolm Subban, Brian Ferlin made it 3-2 with a second-period goal. Jakub Kindl tied the game for Detroit, with Torey Krug scoring the game-winner.

The Bruins will next play Monday night when they host the Red Wings at TD Garden.

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WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara was kept off the ice for the second straight day as the Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena ahead of Saturday night’€™s preseason game against the Red Wings.

WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara was kept off the ice for the second straight day as the Bruins held a practice at Ristuccia Arena ahead of Saturday night’€™s preseason game against the Red Wings.

Chara, who left Thursday’€™s preseason game with an upper-body after three shifts, was termed “day-to-day”€ by Claude Julien on Friday.

The Bruins used the following lines and pairings in Saturday’€™s practice:


Arnesson-Kevan Miller

Subban, Smith

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DJ Bean

Jimmy Hayes scored 19 goals in 72 games last season. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Last season, Ryan Spooner having a big, strong winger on his left side worked well. It appears he’ll have another this season. 

The Bruins announced Friday that they have signed defenseman Brandon Carlo to his entry-level contract.

Carlo, a 6-foot-5 right shot defenseman whom the B’€™s drafted with the 37th overall pick in June’€™s draft, is expected to be sent back to the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League. He is the second member of the Bruins’€™ 2015 draft class to sign their entry-level contract, as 13th overall pick Jakub Zboril signed in July.

Carlo scored a goal in Thursday’€™s preseason game against the Rangers, the second exhibition in which he has played. Because he is under 20 and plays in a CHL league, Carlo would not be eligible to play in the AHL this season. Should they elect to, the Bruins technically elect to play Carlo for nine NHL games before either burning the first year off his contract or returning him to junior. That seems extremely unlikely, however, as Boston’€™s injuries on the blue line, the B’€™s have a good number of right-shot NHL defensemen in Adam McQuaid, Zach Trotman Kevan Miller and Colin Miller.

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DJ Bean

WILMINGTON — Zdeno Chara is “day-to-day” with an upper-body injury, according to Claude Julien.