The Bruins are keeping forward Rich Peverley out of the lineup Friday night against the Panthers due to an undisclosed injury, coach Claude Julien said after the team's morning skate.

Peverley has a nagging injury that is helped by rest, and has not practiced this week. He last took the ice in Monday's 3-2 win over Montreal. The Bruins' next game after Friday is Wednesday, so Peverley can have up to eight days off as he recovers. 

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, who is in the third year of a four-year, $20 million contract, said Wednesday that he is unsure of when he will retire. That is a departure from what he said last September, when he guessed that he would retire at the end of the deal.

Tim Thomas doesn’t expect anyone to expect greatness from him. He’s been through the drill enough times to know that people may write him off. In the process, he has developed quite the reputation for proving doubters wrong.



WILMINGTON -- Both Andrew Ference and Rich Peverley were held out of Wednesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. Bruins coach Claude Julien said after the practice that Ference is under the weather, while Peverley is still dealing with an ailment that is healed with rest. 

The Bruins had Tuesday off, and Julien said that Peverley will not practice at all this week. The team has yet to decide whether he will play Friday against the Panthers. 

If you heard a collective “finally!” at, oh, 3:10 p.m. Monday, that may have just been the hockey world reacting to the news that Milan Lucic – better yet, a Bruin –  had been suspended. 



Tim Thomas stopped 16-of-17 shots in the third period and Brad Marchand scored a spectacular backhander late in the third to lead the Bruins to their fifth straight win, a 3-2 triumph over the Canadiens Monday night at TD Garden. The Bruins, who improved to 19-2-1 in their last 22 games, stand atop the Eastern Conference with 45 points. 

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday night that while he did not feel Milan Lucic's hit on Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo was a punishable act, Lucic's entire body of work is what ultimately led to him being suspended for one game. 

Bruins forward Milan Lucic said following news of his suspension that he respected NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan's decision, but that he was disappointed to have to miss Monday's game against the Canadiens. 

Shanahan suspended Lucic Monday for his hit from behind on Flyers' forward Zac Rinaldo in Saturday's 6-0 Bruins win. He said in a video explaining the suspension that while the hit was not "egregious," the Lucic's track record influenced the decision. 

According to a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie, Bruins forward Milan Lucic has been suspended for one game by the league for hitting Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo from behind in Saturday's 6-0 win in Philadelphia. Lucic was initially given a five-minute major and a game-misconduct for the hit.

Both the Bruins and Canadiens are unsure of what their lineups will look like Monday night. Rich Peverley, Gregory Campbell and Milan Lucic are all question marks for Boston, while the Habs might be without one of their biggest villains in P.K. Subban.