Horton, Jagr return so Bruins are looking like they’re whole

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The Bruins had a full squad on the ice for practice Tuesday at TD Garden.

The group included Jaromir Jagr and Nathan Horton, who both had been away from the team for a little while.

Although he said he was still recovering from the flu, Jagr said, and coach Claude Julien confirmed, that he’d be ready for Game 1 of the first-round playoff series against Toronto Wednesday night. Jagr missed the Bruins’ last two games.

Horton missed the last five games of the season with an upper-body injury after a fight with Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla.

“Well, I mean, I didn’t really go after him,” Horton said about the fight. “If you were on the ice, you would’ve heard different. But it doesn’t really matter. Those things happen. But I wish I didn’t get hurt, I could’ve finished those last few games. But it’s just working to maybe be in better shape than I was.”

•Horton was back on a line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic for practice. That trio hasn’t been together for a while. Jagr was on a line with center Chris Kelly and a surprise addition at left wing — Kaspars Daugavins. Rich Peverley, a regular for all but one healthy scratch this season, skated with Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo in green sweaters. That color usually signals a healthy scratch for those players.

Julien wouldn’t commit to the lineup from Tuesday being the lineup for Game 1. But the coach did say that Peverley needs to improve his play.

“There’s no doubt, when he looks at his stats, it’s disappointing,” Julien said. “We all know that Pevs [Rich Peverley] is a better player than he’s shown, but he’s right, I think he’s been getting better lately and skating a lot better than he has all year. I think his stats are a little disappointing for him, but we’ve seen how good a player he can be, we certainly have hopes in him being a good player for us in the playoffs.”

•On defense, the Bruins used the same pairs from the last couple games. Dougie Hamilton appears to be destined for a healthy scratch against Toronto to start the series.

•In Toronto, Tyler Bozak told the media after practice that he’ll be ready to play Game 1 but might not be able to take faceoffs.

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