Zdeno Chara to miss 4-6 weeks

If out until Christmas, Big Z would miss 19 games.

Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
Zdeno Chara looks on during the second period. –Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Zdeno Chara will miss four to six weeks with a wrenched left knee, the Globe confirmed Saturday morning via a source with knowledge of the situation. The Athletic reported the same late Friday.

Chara was felled in the first period of Wednesday’s game at Colorado, when his knee buckled during a check of ex-teammate Carl Soderberg. He is back in Boston recovering.

If out until Christmas, Big Z would miss 19 games. Chara’s last season so shortened: a 63-gamer in 2014-15. Since becoming a regular (2000-01 with the New York Islanders), he has never missed more than 19.

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Chara (1,441 games in his Hall of Fame career) is No. 29 on the career list. Among active players, only Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Matt Cullen are ahead.

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