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Peverley Likely to Sit Versus Phoenix

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins – Since beating the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 Dec. 19, the Boston Bruins have been without forward Rich Peverley due to an undisclosed injury.

Although it’s been nine days since Peverley skated with the Bruins, the forward has only missed one game in that time frame – Friday’s 8-0 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Head Coach Claude Julien in no hurry to get Peverley back on the ice, and is making sure he received the right amount of rest.

With a three-day break for the holiday weekend, Peverley got some extra time off and laced up the skates yesterday as his teammates finished their regular skating session.

“I think it’s more about he’s been off for over a week now,” Julien said after yesterday’s practice. “They let him skate [Tuesday] on his own, and [today] he’s probably going to skate with us and start practicing.

"So it’s just more of how much you give him a chance to get back in without starting him too quickly.”

But even though Peverley will skate with the team today, Julien said it’s unlikely he’ll play tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes. However, a return on Saturday is in Juliens’ sights.

“He’s still on schedule and everything is going as we figured it would be,” Julien said. “We anticipate him coming back any time soon – [Wednesday is] probably not viable.

"As you can see, he didn’t skate with us [Tuesday], but certainly we anticipate him being with us Saturday in Dallas.”

--- Anthony Gulizia

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