GLENDALE, AZ. Rich Peverley went through full practice with the Bruins at jobing.com Arena as the Bruins settle themselves for a couple days in Phoenix before moving on to Dallas for Saturday nights New Years Eve tilt with the Stars. Peverley donned a gray jersey to skate with Chris Kelly, Benoit Pouliot and Zach Hamill, and appeared to have fresh skating legs befitting a player thats sat out three straight games.
Claude Julien said that the shifty, feisty Peverley should be ready to play against the Stars this weekend barring any setbacks, and that would amount to the rich getting richer no pun intended with the Bruins riding a seven-game winning streak.
Peverley looked good today. Unless theres a setback I dont see any reason why we shouldnt keep moving forward with him, said Julien. The rest that hes gotten has certainly allowed him to get better. To me he looked good skating-wise. He was probably fighting the puck a little bit, but thats what happens when youve been out for that long.
Peverley himself said hes feeling good and ready to jump back into the lineup, but it was probably wise to skip a road game on a subpar ice surface in Phoenix that could have exacerbated his undisclosed situation in game conditions.
Its been there a little while . . . for most of the year. Its something I can play through and it gets better every day, said Peverley. Any time you can get rest it definitely helps. The conditioning falls a little behind when youve had six or seven days off the ice. I feel pretty good and Im ready to go here. So it should be good.
Peverley has 10 points in nine games during the month of December, and has been playing some of his best hockey of the season while playing through the nagging issue prior to getting shut down just before Christmas.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player.
Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14.
Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night.
*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list.
*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.
*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody.
*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star.
*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag.
*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!
*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.