BOSTON -- Rich Peverley is making progress coming back from his knee sprain, and he is the living embodiment of the returning cavalry to a banged up Black and Gold bunch.
The right wing took some face-offs and skated around with his Bruins teammates during Monday morning skate at TD Garden, and hes in his fifth week since suffering a sprained knee that was supposed to keep him out for 4-6 weeks. Claude Julien said if Peverley responded well to another day on the ice then he could be ready to practice with his Bruins teammates with full-contact as quickly as Tuesday.
Peverley is day-to-day. There is no exact time for when hes going to play again, but hes looking better every day. Theres the rehab part of it, so he started skating last Wednesday, said Julien. When youve been off for that long you dont come back overnight, so were giving him a chance.
Well wait for the medical experts to tell us when he can take contact, and how much he can take contact. Thats what they are called day-to-day.
Thats a welcomed piece of news to a Bruins team that needs the versatile Peverley once again contributing to the power play, penalty kill and 5-on-5 minutes that he gives Boston on the ice. Its also a welcomed piece of news to a forward that hadnt missed a single NHL game due to injury until this season with the Bruins while battling a series of lower-body injuries.
Peverley said hell be taking things slowly because hes never rehabbed a nee injury before, and doesnt instinctively know when its time for the next step in his recovery. Hes missed 22 games with assorted injuries this season, but Peverley is hoping he wont miss many more with the playoffs on the horizon. He could fit every nicely riding alongside Brian Rolston and Chris Kelly on Bostons third line, but hell have to regain full health in his knee first.
Im really anxious to come back. Its been difficult to sit and watchespecially when the team has been losing, said Peverley. Im feeling better every day, but there hasnt really been a timetable quite yet.
But it goes without saying I want to get a few games under my belt before the playoffs get started. The plan is to get into some games at the end of the regular season rather than just drop me into a playoff-type situation at the end of the season.