The 6-foot-9 defenseman skated with the Bruins Wednesday morning but hasn't fully recovered from a lower-body injury suffered in a collision with Blue Jackets forward Antoine Vermette during the Bruins' 5-3 victory on Saturday in Columbus. He missed Monday's practice and Tuesday's win over the Kings in Boston.
"He's obviously doing a lot better, but certainly not to the point where we want him in, but very optimistic that he'll be back pretty soon," Julien told reporters Wednesday night.
Julien reiterated that Chara's injury was "not as serious as first anticipated."
Tim Thomas was in net for the Bruins, who won 5-2.
Gregory Campbell did not make the trip to Ottawa, remaining in Boston with what Julien termed a "minor" fracture, but the coach said Campbell's status was day to day.
"He could be on the ice tomorrow, or he could be on the ice three days from now," Julien said.