Playing his first game for the Boston Bruins
after missing 19 with a severely sprained knee, Rich Peverley
barely missed a beat Sunday night in their win at Anaheim.
His 16:44 of ice time was just about his season's average, and he skated both on the penalty kill and power play in addition to his even strength time. Tonight he should be once again in the lineup when the Bruins host Tampa Bay at the TD Garden.
"I want to be able to play as much as I can, so that's good," he said after Boston's morning skate. "But [coach Claude Julien
] still held me back a few shifts. So it's probably better in the end for that. But I felt good today, I felt good on that Sunday there, it was good to get in the game there."
Peverley said he felt better as the game went on and that he's pretty close to feeling like himself. The Bruins will need him and the rest of their players at their best, as they'll try to earn a three-game winning streak for the first time since December.
The Bruins are also looking to avenge a 6-1 loss they suffered in Tampa on March 13.
"We've made steps in the right direction [since then]," center Chris Kelly
said. "That Tampa game was obviously an embarrassing game for us. I think if you ask anyone in this locker room, that wasn't our style of hockey. Give them credit, they came out hard and played well and played right to the final buzzer like they should have. We didn't show up at all that game."
Tampa Bay did not hold a morning skate because they played last night in Philadelphia. Vincent Lecavalier
(hand) and Nate Thompson
(upper body) have been skating with the Lightning and could rejoin the lineup as early as tonight.
Here are the projected lineups:
- David Krejci
- Tyler Seguin
- Patrice Bergeron
- Rich Peverley
- Chris Kelly
- Brian Rolston
- Gregory Campbell
- Shawn Thornton
- Dennis Seidenberg
- Johnny Boychuk
- Adam McQuaid
Martin St. Louis
- Steven Stamkos
- Teddy Purcell
- Trevor Smith
- JT Wyman
- Tom Pyatt
- Brett Connolly
- Brandon Segal
- Eric Brewer
- Brett Clark
- Brendan Mikkelson