Boyle snagged his ninth score of the season against the Oilers on Tuesday. Boyle's shorthanded tally ended an 11 game pointless streak that dated back to mid-December. Not exactly an offensive powerhouse, the 31-year-old is on pace to reach the 20 point mark for the fourth time in his career.
Boyle (undisclosed) will return to the lineup Tuesday night against the Oilers, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Boyle's mystery ailment evidently was minor as it only caused him to miss Sunday's game. Known more as a scorer than someone who delivers assists, Boyle is on pace for 15 goals this campaign which would match his output from 2014-15.
Coach Jon Cooper indicated Sunday that Boyle, who was reportedly injured blocking a shot Friday, will not play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. While Boyle has been ruled out for Sunday's contest, Cooper indicated that his injury isn't considered serious, and that the forward will likely play Tuesday against Edmonton. However, the team should provide another update on his status at some point prior to the game confirming whether or not he'll be available.
Boyle (upper body) will play in Monday's matchup against the Canadiens, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports. Boyle will be playing on the Lightning's fourth forward line alongside Cedric Paquette and Erik Condra. The 31-year-old veteran center has notched 10 points in 31 games for Tampa Bay this season.
Boyle (upper body) is expected to rejoin the lineup Monday, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports. While Boyle's return to the lineup generally wouldn't be too notable, the amount of injuries to the team's current forwards certainly makes it a bit more the case. It's unclear exactly where he would slot in when available, but Boyle was playing on the third line alongside Alex Killorn and Jonathan Marchessault prior to the injury.
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