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Boyle and the Rangers had their scheduled game Friday against the Sabres postponed due to the extreme weather conditions in the Buffalo area, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
With some parts of the region receiving up to six feet of snow this week, traveling to Buffalo would have proven quite treacherous for the Rangers had the game been played as scheduled. No make-up date has been announced yet for the game, but expect Boyle to be in the lineup for the Rangers' next contest Sunday versus Montreal.
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Boyle went plus-1 with two penalty minutes, three shots on goal, a hit and a block over 22:14 in his first game back in the lineup Thursday, but the Rangers took a shootout loss to the Avs.
It was Boyle's first game since the Oct. 9 season opener in which the veteran broke his hand, and the Rangers have to feel happy about getting him back even though they took the loss.
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Boyle (broken hand) was formally activated from injured reserve Thursday.
The Rangers waived defenseman Michael Kostka to pave the way for Boyle's activation. The blueliner, who has been out since opening night with the broken hand, will skate alongside Marc Staal on the top pairing and serve as the quarterback for the Rangers' top power-play unit.
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Coach Alain Vigneault confirmed Boyle (hand) will play Thursday against the Avalanche, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Boyle is still experiencing some lingering pain with his hand, but it doesn't appear to be a dramatic hindrance for him at this point. He was able to practice fully Wednesday while working on the top pairing and on the power play, which was good enough for the Rangers to feel comfortable bringing him back into the fold. The match against the Avalanche will mark Boyle's first game since suffering the injury in his team debut Oct. 9. He'll be officially activated from injured reserve in the hours leading up to Thursday's game.
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Boyle (hand) participated fully Wednesday and appears likely to play Thursday against the Avalanche, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.
Boyle participated as part of a pairing with Marc Staal and also saw work on the power-play unit, a sign coach Alain Vigneault plans to use him in Thursday's lineup. The Rangers will likely check in with Boyle on how his hand feels after Thursday's morning skate as a final precautionary measure before formally activating him from IR.
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Boyle (hand) will not play Tuesday against the Penguins.
Boyle said that his broken hand is still not back at full strength, but the blueliner thinks he might be able to manage the pain and play Thursday against the Avalanche. A team doctor will re-examine his hand later Tuesday, but Boyle's level of participation in Wednesday's practice will likely determine if he'll be able to suit up in the team's next match. He's already missed 14 games due to the injury.
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Boyle (broken hand) said he is targeting a return to the lineup at some point next week, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Boyle took part in a full-contact practice Friday for the first time since suffering the injury back on Oct. 9, signaling that he's nearly ready to return to game action. Because of his lengthy absence, however, it appears the Rangers want him to log multiple practices before activating him. If all goes well during his on-ice sessions the next few days, Boyle could be back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday's tilt with the Penguins.
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Boyle (hand) took part in a full-contact practice Friday, Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports.
Boyle appears another step closer to finally returning from the broken hand, as he had been practicing in a non-contact capacity over the last several days. While he didn't skate as part of a regular pairing and seems rather unlikely to play in either of the Rangers' two weekend tilts, there's a strong possibility he'll be ready to go by early next week. The Rangers will evaluate his performance in practice over the next few days before deciding whether or not he's ready for an activation.
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Boyle participated in Sunday's optional practice.
Boyle has practiced on his own a lot lately, but finally returned to practice with the team Sunday, albeit wearing a non-contact jersey. He was also reportedly not using his right hand, suggesting he isn't at that point yet.
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Boyle (hand) has skated the past four days on his own.
Coach Alain Vigneault said the defenseman has been able to do everything but pass or shoot the puck, activities that he'll need to add to his regimen before the Rangers sign off on the health of his broken hand. Boyle is at about the three-week mark of the four-to-six week timetable he was given for his recovery back on Oct. 9. It sounds promising that he could meet the shorter end of the timetable, or at least avoid missing the full six weeks.