If there is another player the Bruins can ill-afford to lose, it is this man. We saw what happened when he missed a game due to an undisclosed injury in Ottawa a few weeks ago. The defense lost its identity and the number of shots Tuukka Rask faced was very un-Bruin like.
With the defense badly depleted, Chara has been the one constant. Now that Dennis Seidenberg is out for the year with an ACL/MCL injury, Chara has to take on more minutes and play an even bigger role (if that is even possible).
He is the heartbeat and leader of the team. He matches up with the best forwards in the world and shuts them down (just ask Sidney Crosby). His strength and his reach make him so hard to play against. Bruins forwards have to be happy No.33 is on their side.
Chara has nine goals, including six power play goals and three-game winners. His six power play tallies are just one of many factors in the much-improved B's man advantage.
His stats don’t even matter, though. The way he plays the game is the right way. His presence on the ice alone put fear in the opposition. If the Bruins ever lost No.33 for an extended period of time, they would be in trouble.