BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 03: Rich Peverley #49 of the Boston Bruins heads for the net as Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs defends on December 3, 2011 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Rich Peverley will miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a third-degree MCL sprain in his right knee, the Boston Bruins announced on Friday. Peverley has nine goals on 99 shots and 29 assists in 49 games played this season.
Peverley was injured Wednesday night during a 4-3 shootout win against the Montreal Canadiens, during a collision with Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill. He did not travel with the Bruins to Winnipeg after the game, returning to Boston for examinations instead.
According to a WEEI report, Benoit Pouliot was moved from the third line to the top line during Friday's morning skate to fill in for Peverley, causing a bit of a roster shuffle. Daniel Paille will slip into Pouliot's vacated spot on the third line, and Josh Hennessy is expected to make his Bruins debut on the fourth line Friday at the Winnipeg Jets.
Peverley has nine goals and 29 assists this season for 38 points to go along with a plus-16 rating.