San Jose, CA–Earlier today, Sharks veteran defenseman Dan Boyle made mentioned that he is ready to return against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Boyle has been out of the lineup since their matchup vs. the St. Louis Blues back on October 15th in Missouri. Blues forward Maxim Lapierre who was responsible for sidelining the Sharks blueliner was handed a five game suspension for his illegal check from behind by the NHL Department of Player Safety. The result of the play, caused Boyle’s jaw to make contact with the ledge part of the dasher board, in short knocked him out on his back for several minutes on the ice. Boyle could not get up on his own power and needed to put on a stretcher in order to leave the ice and the arena.
The Sharks have done a very good job with Boyle out of the lineup while he was recovering from that hit from behind and have posted a record of 4-1-2.
San Jose welcomes Phoenix into town Saturday night for the second time this season. The last time these two Pacific Division foes squared off was back on October 5th, the Sharks defeated the Desert Dogs by a 4-1 final. It was that night, in which San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl scored his first two NHL goals of the season. Boyle recorded 21:20 TOI, registered two shots on net and administered two hits that night.
Ryan Bayer Bay Sport Report Sharks Reporter @81Bayer
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