WILMINGTON, Mass. — Only a handful of Bruins took the Ristuccia Arena ice this morning for an optional practice.
Both goaltenders Tim Thomas and Marty Turco were joined by Gregory Campbell, Joe Corvo, Mike Mottau and Rich Peverley.
Peverley, who’s been out of the lineup since mid-February with a knee injury, will join the team on the upcoming road trip to California and could play in a game before the three-game jaunt is through, according to head coach Claude Julien.
If Peverley becomes available, Julien will have the difficult decision of scratching one of his forwards and juggling his lines. The Bruins will leave for San Jose Wednesday morning.
Here are some more notes from practice:
•Turco hasn’t played in a game since he made the start a week ago and was chased from the crease by Tampa Bay in the first period by three goals on six shots. He re-entered in the second period and allowed one more goal on six more shots. With three games in four nights, including a back-to-back Saturday and Sunday, the Bruins might need to give Turco a second start in order to rest Thomas.
“Yeah, I’m ready to play,” said Turco. “I know why I’m here, what I have to do. That’s skate with the guys, get them ready, and also be prepared for any moment. That goes for a game like last night. I can’t just let my mind drift either. … The minute it’s over start preparing for practice, travel day tomorrow.”
Julien said he’s seen Turco get in some extra work to get his timing down and that the veteran netminder, who signed as a free agent earlier this month after Tuukka Rask was injured, has improved.
•Julien said Nathan Horton is still working out but not skating. The concussed forward will stay in the Bay State while the Bruins are in the Golden State.
•The Bruins play the Sharks Thursday, the visit Los Angeles and Anaheim on the weekend. There should be a playoff atmosphere in each building and adding to their current two-game winning streak should be a difficult task.
“I think it’s just maintaining what we’ve done here the last couple games,” said Julien. “Our last road trip wasn’t a very good one. We certainly have to make sure we get a better one out of this one. When you look at the teams that you’re playing, right now to me, the best one probably is Anaheim, who’s out of the playoffs. And the other two are right there knocking on the door. So I think we’re going into a territory where there’s a lot of desperation. So we’re going to have, certainly, some good challenges. But to me, if we play the way we have the last couple games, it’s a good challenge for us.”