Rich Peverley nearing return to action?

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Rich Peverley practiced with his Boston Bruins teammates again Friday afternoon at the Toyota Center Ice Complex and all signs point to his return to the lineup sooner rather than later. While Peverley and coach Claude Julien still couldn’t pinpoint when it may be, they sounded very optimistic addressing the media after practice.

“It’s day-to-day and I just can’t tell you because that’s how we’re treating it with the trainers,” Peverley said. “It’s just getting the feel of getting your feet underneath you and the timing … and moving your feet when you’re not used to and just getting that game feeling.”

Julien seems to believe that Peverley has turned another corner after taking part in some physical drills down low Friday.

“He’s looking good; better every day,” Julien said. “I like what I saw on that 3-on-3 down low there today. That was a real good test for him. Those tight turns down low, the contact and everything else. So he’s starting to feel pretty good and he’s getting closer, there’s no doubt and we’ll see him in our lineup pretty soon.”

The fact that Peverley made this three-stop California trip -- San Jose Thursday, Los Angeles Saturday and Anaheim Sunday -- has helped accelerate his recovery and his reintegration into the team both on and off the ice.

“It’s been good to be able to get back practicing and doing regular drills with the guys,” Peverley said. “In my opinion it would’ve been useless to stay home because I wouldn’t get to practice with anybody. It’s better to be with the guys and get that feeling back playing with them and being around them. When you’re injured, you’re still part of the team but you’re not around every day and not around the guys every day so it’s different. But now it’s good being here.”