Ference, Peverley absent from practice

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After spending a day doing charity work for the holidays and delivering toys to local hospitals, the Bruins were back on the ice for practice Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington preparing for Friday’s game against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden.

They were, however, minus two players. Andrew Ference missed the skate due to the flu and Rich Peverley received a maintenance day to nurse an undisclosed injury. Head coach Claude Julien said that Peverley will miss practice Thursday as well and the team will then reevaluate him on Friday to see if he can play against the Panthers.

“Ference is battling the famous flu bug and Peverley is maintenance and we’re having a good look here at our schedule and what it may do for him,” Julien said following practice. “We’re going to keep him off here the next couple of days and tomorrow is certainly one of those days and then we’ll decide whether he’s in or not on Friday and that will give him at least a good week. So we’re going to be making a decision on him regarding his situation.”

Julien is also hoping that the three days off this week and the Christmas break will help his entire team catch up on rest.

“Yesterday was a busy day with them going to the hospital and staying off the ice is good but today was a short 40-minute practice but intense and we just want to get through here the next 2-3 days and finish off on a high note and then they’ll get those days there at Christmas and give them the rest they need,” he said.

After the game Friday against Florida, the Bruins will not play again until December 28.