Dan Boyle D NYR 2 Months

Boyle netted the game-winning goal in Friday's 3-0 defeat of the Flyers.

Boyle gave the Rangers the lead just over six minutes into the first period, blowing a slap shot past Flyers goalie Steve Mason for his second goal of the season. Both of those points have come on the power-play, where Boyle figures to be a mainstay on the top unit all season.

Dan Boyle D NYR 2 Months

Boyle collected his first point of the season with a first-period power-play goal in Wednesday's loss to the Lightning.

Boyle has yet to get going after a broken hand cost him entire month of action, but Thursday's goal could spark his production. Though he's long past his peak at 38 years old, Boyle's presence on a top power-play unit ripe with talent should allow him to finish the season as an above-average source of offense from the blue line.

Dan Boyle D NYR 2 Months

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.

Dan Boyle D NYR 3 Months

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.

Dan Boyle D NYR 3 Months

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.

Dan Boyle D NYR 3 Months

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.

Dan Boyle D NYR 3 Months

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.

Dan Boyle D NYR 3 Months

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.

Dan Boyle D NYR 3 Months

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.

Dan Boyle D NYR 3 Months

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.