Chara/By S. Bradley

Zdeno Chara/By S. Bradley

WILMINGTON — It doesn’t sound like the Bruins, who lost their past two games by a combined score of 11-2, will be rescued by their captain anytime soon.

Defenseman Zdeno Chara is now three weeks removed from suffering a tear in his knee. And the prognosis for him was to return to the lineup in four to six weeks.

But Chara has not been on the ice since the injury, as far as reporters know, and Friday coach Claude Julien wouldn’t even get Chara’s situation a status.

“We’re not even close to talking about Zee,” Julien said after practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Defenseman Kevan Miller, who has been out with a dislocated shoulder, took “light contact” during practice and might be closer to returning. But Julien ruled out Miller for a return Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Miller hasn’t played since Oct. 18.

The Bruins could use a hardy dose of veteran leadership and ability on their back end after the debacles in Toronto and Montreal this week.

Center David Krejci remains day-to-day.