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Rich Peverley, Andrew Ference absent as Bruins return to practice

WILMINGTON — After taking Tuesday off, the Bruins have returned to practice, though forward Rich Peverley [1] and defenseman Andrew Ference [2] did not take the ice.

Peverley has been dealing with an ailment that coach Claude Julien [3] has said is healed by rest. Julien said Monday the team was considering giving him one of this week’s games off, but he played Monday and it remains to be seen whether he plays Friday against the Panthers.

It may be a maintenance day for Ference.