Sparkplug forward Rich Peverley
, who has recently missed two games due to an undisclosed injury, remains a strong possibility to re-enter the lineup on Saturday night in Texas versus the Dallas Stars.
"Everything feels good," said Peverley after today's practice in Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
"Obviously, the teams playing pretty well so you don’t want to mess anything up, but hopefully I can get back in Saturday and I’m ready to go."
There seems little chance that Peverley will "mess anything up" as the wing has been a boon to Boston since he joined the club via trade last season.
More concerning to the B's -- and the reason why the club has been careful to rest the forward -- is making sure that Peverley has had the proper rest to help him through what's been described only as a nagging injury.
"Yeah it’s been there a little while – most of the year, but it’s something I can play through," said Peverley, who last played Dec. 19th versus Montreal. "I’m getting better everyday so hopefully it continues to get better.
"Anytime you can get rest it definitely helps," added Peverley of the B's three day holiday break.
In the interim, Peverley has skated and indicated that conditioning shouldn't be a problem.
"I think you’re going to fall a little bit behind with six or seven days off the ice," said Peverley. "But the past couple of days I’ve really tried to push myself to get in better shape a little bit and ready for the game."
Head Coach Claude Julien agreed.
"He looked good today," said Julien. "Unless there's a setback tomorrow, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't keep moving forward with him.
"The rest that he's gotten has certainly helped him."