Eighteen days after falling victim to a vicious hit from behind courtesy of Blues’ agitator Maxim Lapierre, San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle might return to the lineup. Tomorrow, the Sharks host the Phoenix Coyotes in what will be a crucial head-to-head with serious implications in the Pacific Division standings. According to NHL.com, Boyle might be in the lineup.
Boyle has been skating with the team lately, in preparation for a return to action. Regarding his availability, Sharks head coach Todd McLellan told media, “if the training staff, doctors and Dan all think he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go.” Read full update courtesy of NHL.com.
Boyle has missed seven straight games after being knocked unconscious against the St. Louis Blues on October 15th. The perpetrator, Lapierre is eligible to return to the Blues lineup tonight against the Florida Panthers, after serving a 5-game suspension for his offence.
FOX Sports Midwest >> Lapierre to return to lineup tonight at Florida http://t.co/kPlqQ2xYXu
— St Louis Blues Buzz (@bluesbuzztap) November 1, 2013
The Sharks and Blues play again on December 17th, in St. Louis. At this point, there is no telling if any revenge will be served but Boyle has made it clear he is not about to get friendly with Lapierre. The Blues pest tried reaching out to Boyle after the hit, but received no reply.
Boyle told CSNBayArea.com, “He [Lapierre] left a message.” Said Boyle. “I think it’s been documented that I didn’t take the call. I’ll leave it at that for now.”
It’s good to see Boyle has recovered quickly. At the time of the hit, the injury looked as though it could have been much more serious.