The San Jose Sharks may be with or without Dan Boyle when they take on the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night. While the defenseman had targeted October 30 as the day by which he wanted to return, after taking some turns out on the ice this morning, he’s still a game-time decision heading into the contest against L.A.
Boyle spoke to Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com this morning after practicing for his fifth consecutive day:
I’ve kind of thought about every possible scenario.At some point I’m going to have to go in, but I don’t know when that’s going to be.
According to Kurz, Boyle has yet to suffer any sort of setback during his recovery. No headaches. No nausea. Nadda. That’s outstanding news for San Jose, even if he misses the game against the Kings.
The Sharks haven’t been scoring as frequently since Boyle went down on October 15, but that likely has more to do with the overall shape on the lineup than anything. Brent Burns hasn’t been in the lineup recently, and even depth guys like Matt Nieto haven’t been immune to the injury bug that seems to be taking no prisoners in San Jose.
Better to shake this sort of dust off now though, rather than in the playoffs. It’s not generally an either-or situation, but the hockey gods sometimes have mercy on the teams that have already battled through injuries during the regular season once the playoffs start. Let’s hope that’s the case for the boys in teal moving forward.