WILMINGTON, Mass. — Defenseman Andrew Ference and forward Rich Peverley were the only two Bruins players to not practice today at Ristuccia Arena.
While head coach Claude Julien said Ference was battling the flu, the bench boss noted that Peverley was taking the first of at least two maintenance days to rest an undisclosed injury.
Julien said that Peverley would not practice Thursday either.
“We’re having a good look at our schedule and what it may do for him. We’re going to keep him off there for the next couple days,” said Julien. “Tomorrow’s certainly one of those days, and we’ll decide whether he’s in on Friday. And if not, that’ll give him almost a good week. So we’re going to be making a decision about him regarding his situation.”
The Bruins host Florida Friday night and then have Christmas Eve and Day off, as does the rest of the NHL. The Bruins could practice again December 26, but they don’t play another game until December 28 in Phoenix.
Despite a fracture in his foot, Gregory Campbell practiced today. Rest might help him feel better, but he said he’s “had enough days off.” Last week, Campbell missed three games with the injury.