Bruins sit Rich Peverley Friday

Updated: December 23, 2011, 9:55 PM ET
ESPNBoston.com

Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley missed Friday night's 8-0 win with an undisclosed nagging injury.

Part of the thinking behind keeping Peverley out against the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden is that he'll have extra time to rest. With the Christmas break, the Bruins don't play again until Wednesday.

"We're going to keep him out tonight, and go with what we thought was the best plan here, give him a whole week to hopefully recover and be in better shape when he gets back," coach Claude Julien said before the game.

Earlier this week, Julien said the injury is one Peverley will need to deal with for the remainder of the season. For now, they're hoping a little rest can do the trick.

"That's the goal, but at the same time we're not sure that we can totally eliminate it," Julien said. "It's a little nagging injury that doesn't stop him from playing, but sometimes rest does a lot of good."

In 30 games this season, Peverley has six goals and 19 assists for 25 points.

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