Peverley working through the pain


Peverley working through the pain

WILMINGTON, Mass. Rich Peverley played a fairly nondescript 16:55 of ice time in the loss to the Dallas Stars on Saturday. He landed only a couple of shots on net and looked a little rusty in the timing department, but thats to be expected.

Through the injuries, Peverley still has seven points in his last five games, and perhaps will get a little of the offensive feel back after getting his feet wet against the Stars.

The shifty winger missed a pair of games around the holiday season with a nagging injury hes attempting not to maintain through the season, and had never missed a game of his NHL career due to injury before this year with Boston. Peverley doesnt want to talk much about it and gets pretty short with his answers when the topic comes up, but its pretty clear he takes prize in his durability.

Having been waived by the Nashville Predators earlier in his career after working his way up from the East Coast Hockey League, Peverley has missed enough games being a healthy scratch that he wants to be in the lineup whenever possible.

Hopefully it doesnt nag me, but weve got to stay on it and theres a possibility it could be with me all year. Im able to play through it and Ill be okay, said Peverley. I had never had an injury where Id missed NHL games before this year, so its always tough to miss games . . . especially when you know that you could play. But it was the best thing in the long run.

I was a healthy scratch a few times. I think a lot of guys feel that way about playing through injuries. How many straight games did Marty St. Louis play in before he missed time this year? I think a lot of guys take pride in staying healthy.

Peverley skated with his third line teammates Benoit Pouliot, Chris Kelly and extra forward Zach Hamill at Monday morning practice at Ristuccia Arena, and looks like hell be fine for Wednesday nights game against the New Jersey Devils.

The trainers will keep me on top of that as we move forward," said head coach Claude Julien. "When the schedule gets heavier well have to keep an eye on that. As everybody can see you dont see a difference in his game. Hes playing through it and about managing that situation. Thats what were doing right now.

The rubber will truly meet the road for Peverley and the Bruins once they hit Wednesday nights game against the Devils, and the off days come few and far between for the rest of the regular season.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.