Boychuk went minus-1 with two blocked shots, four hits and five PIM in Friday's 5-0 road loss to the Blue Jackets. While one can expect his offensive production to be sporadic, Boychuk's defensive contributions are tough to ignore. He's achieved triple-digit hit and blocked-shot totals in six straight seasons, with the exception of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign. If history is any indication, he'll still fall in the mid-20s for points by season's end, though.
Boychuk wasn't asked to waive his no-movement clause by the team Monday, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. As such, the veteran rearguard won't be offered up to the Vegas Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft and will remain with the Isles. Boychuk is good for triple-digit hits and blocked shots, as well as 25 or so points each season, making him a useful fantasy asset in medium to deeper leagues -- especially given his status as the Isles' No. 2 blueliner next to Nick Leddy, who put up a career-high 46 points last season.
Boychuk (lower body) will be in the lineup for Thursday's contest in Philadelphia. Boychuk's return comes after a 12-game absence in which the Isles went 5-6-1. The hard-shooting defenseman isn't a consistent producer of offense (21 points in 59 games), but he's a strong defender who skates more than 20 minutes per game while bringing an intimidating physical presence. Thomas Hickey will surrender his spot on the Islanders' blue line to Boychuk on Thursday.
Boychuk (lower body) seems likely to play Thursday in Philadelphia. Boychuk has been practicing with the team since Monday and is on the verge of lacing the skates up for game action once again. The worst-case scenario might be holding him out until Friday, as the Isles are playing back-to-back games and may not feel that Boychuk is ready to play two games in two nights.
Boychuk (lower body) will not play in Monday's game against the Predators, but could return either Thursday or Friday, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. Boychuk hasn't played since March 3 because of the injury, but appears to be reaching the finish line. The blueliner has been productive again this season, collecting 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) and amassing 140 shots on goal through 59 games. More info on his status should arrive in the coming days.
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