Peverley's status still unkown for Ducks game

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Peverley's status still unkown for Ducks game

ANAHEIM, CA Rich Peverley will take pregame warm-ups for the second straight game, but thats where the similarities might end this time around.

Peverley said hes practicing patience prior to Sundays matinee against the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center that will conclude their Pacific road trip, and didnt give any hints as to where he plans on playing for the first time since Feb. 15.

Ill go out for warm-ups again and see how I feel, said Peverley. Im anxious to play but I have to wait and see what the doctors and trainers tell me. We need to make sure were being smart about it.

Peverley has missed 25 games with assorted lower body injuries and has missed the last six weeks with a sprained right knee, but has been skating with the Bruins for the last 10 days in anticipation of his return. The right wing was skating with Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Jordan Caron during practices earlier in this week, and will likely replace Caron, Benoit Pouliot or Brian Rolston in the lineup.

But Pouliot, Rolston and Chris Kelly have combined for 20 points and a plus-20 in their last five games while serving as Bostons best line, so it would be difficult for Claude Julien to break it up.

If Peverley doesnt play then hell essentially get two days off the ice prior to ramping it up Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and could be served with a couple of rest days after pushing the knee with some intense practices over the last week.

Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

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Rask: Last season 'something to rebound from' personally

BRIGHTON, Mass. – While David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask and David Backes are back from competing in the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, that doesn’t mean you’ll see those players on the ice over the next couple of days. Perhaps the trio will practice on Monday in the fourth on-ice session at main training camp, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney confirmed that none of those returning players will suit up against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the B’s preseason debut at TD Garden on Monday night.

“Yeah…absolutely,” said Sweeney when asked if those three players have been ruled out for Monday night. “They’re going to get through the weekend here. Next week, we’ll evaluate [them] when they get on the ice. But, all those guys will not be on the ice until next week.

“It might be case-by-case for each guy. Those guys have been playing for a while at a high level. It’s unique for David Backes coming into the organization, so he’d like to integrate himself. I talked yesterday with all three of them just to get a read of where they’re at. But, sometime first of next week, they’ll be on [the ice].”

Both Pastrnak and Rask have checked in with the Bruins media over the last couple of days after returning from Toronto, and the Bruins goaltender, in particular, has plenty of motivation coming off a down statistical season. The 2.56 goals against average and .915 save percentage were well below his career numbers, and people like B’s President Cam Neely have pointed to Rask as somebody that needs to have a better season for Boston to rebound back into the playoffs this year.

“There were a couple of years where the standards pretty high, so obviously when they go down there’s something to rebound from. You kind of know where you can be. That’s where I try to be every year and I’m working on being there this year, and taking us to the playoffs and moving forward,” said Rask. “But every year is a new year where you’ve got to work hard, and set your goals to be at your best. More often than not you hope [being at your best] is going to happen, and I hope this year is going to be a great year for us.”

Clearly Rask wasn’t alone in his struggles last season behind a mistake-prone defense that allowed plenty of Grade chances, and that could be a repeating phenomenon again this season for the Bruins unless the defense is substantially upgraded along the way.

As far as the other three B’s players still taking part in the World Cup, it could be a while for Patrice and Brad Marchand as Team Canada has advanced to the final best-of-three series that could also feature Zdeno Chara if Team Europe is victorious.