BOSTON (CBS) — When Rich Peverley suffered a knee injury on Feb. 15, the Bruins were 35-18-2, averaging 3.5 goals per game. Since then, without Peverley, the Bruins are 6-9-1, averaging just 2.4 goals per game in that stretch.
Obviously, Peverley’s absence has not been the only problem facing the B’s, but his return from a knee sprain is sure to help solidify Claude Julien’s lines and help boost the team’s scoring.
Peverley took a big step back to that return on Monday morning, skating with the Bruins during their morning skate.
While he said he’s still in the early stages of getting back to speed, he said he’s now taking a day-by-day approach.
“Day by day. That’s the plan,” he said. “Still on schedule, so just taking it day by day, getting better, and it was good to get out with the team.”
Peverley stressed that his goal was just not to get in his teammates’ way,
“It’s nice to be out there and just kind of getting in the flow of things,” he said. “I think it takes a couple of weeks but now it’s just about getting used to the pace again.”
When asked if a couple of weeks at the end of the season would be enough to get back into game shape, Peverley said that didn’t really matter.
“I have no choice. I hope so,” he said. “I think that getting a few games in, for sure, is going to help. I’m going to need a few to get the pace back, and everyone is already in playoff mode. Getting the pace back is going to be big.”
Peverley, who has nine goals and 29 assists, will travel with the team on its West Coast trip.