Bruins fans received some unfortunate news just minutes before their team’s game against the Montreal Canadiens when the team announced that captain Zdeno Chara will not play on Saturday night.
Chara, who was hospitalized for dehydration on Friday night, was not expected to miss the game, at least according to head coach Claude Julien.
Shane Hnidy will play in place of Chara. Hnidy played in just three games with the Bruins this season, recording a plus/minus of plus-2 and had two penalty minutes.
Hnidy has played in 550 games in 12 seasons, three of which he played in Boston. He has 16 career goals and 71 total points in that time frame.
In 2007-08, Hnidy’s first season with the Bruins, he had one goal and four assists in 43 games. In his second stint with the Bruins back in 2008-09, Hnidy amassed three goals and nine assists in 65 games.
This season, Hnidy hasn’t scored a goal or registered a point, but does have one blocked shot and two hits.