Boyle's 14th goal of 2018-19 turned out to be the game-winner in a 3-1 win over the Canadiens on Thursday. In just his fifth game with Nashville, Boyle found the back of the net, giving him 14 goals and 20 points in 52 games this season. With a mere five points since Jan. 2, the veteran forward doesn't stand to add very much to your fantasy roster.
Boyle recorded a minus-2 rating with two shots on goal and zero points in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Blues. That makes two straight games without a point for Boyle since joining the Preds via trade Feb. 7. Against the Blues, he spent most of his ice time of 12:51 centering the fourth line between Ryan Hartman and Cody McLeod. While he has 19 points to his credit, the hulking Boyle has not scored more than 25 in any of the past four seasons, and doesn't figure to cross that threshold anytime soon given his checking-line status and limited ice time.
Boyle was brought in via trade by Nashville from New Jersey on Wednesday in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Boyle had a limited no-trade clause in his contract that must have included the Predators as a possible destination. The 24-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, so he figures to be a nice rental piece for a postseason run before hitting the open market. The veteran figures to slot into a bottom-six role with the club and will almost certainly join both the power-play and penalty-kill units.
Boyle picked up a power-play assist in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers. Boyle saw heavy deployment on special teams, as his 16:20 of ice time included 4:36 on the power play and 2:16 shorthanded. Few would have predicted at the beginning of the season that the 34-year-old Boyle would set a new career high in power-play points, but he's done just that with his eighth such point of the season.
Boyle scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play in Wednesday's 5-4 loss to the Stars. The 34-year-old veteran has goals in two straight games but remains a risky fantasy option, even though he's averaging a career-high 0.47 points per game. So long as Boyle remains a part of New Jersey's power-play plans, he'll carry some fantasy value, but don't expect this scoring pace to stick around for long.
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