Dan Boyle’s report card, presented by Long Island University

12/19/14 | 4:38PM: Alain Vigneault said that he and Boyle both expect more but that Boyle has had to battle injuries and illness so far this season. He said that Boyle is in a stage of trying to get his game together and but he is confident Boyle will bring more.

12/18/14 | 10:36AM: In 13 games with the Rangers this season, Dan Boyle has 2 goals, 0 assists, a plus five rating, 21 shots on goal, 10 hit,s 20 blocked shots, 7 giveaways and 3 takeways in 20:56.

When Boyle is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have 50% of the shot attempts. Boyle is starting 59.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone.

Boyle has been “frightful” at times in the defensive zone and “hardly impressive” in other areas of the ice so far this season. Larry Brooks wonders if Boyle is still catching up after missing time with a broken hand and says that the Rangers must be hoping that there are “legitimate excuses” for how he has played so far. (NY Post)

Asked about Boyle as a player, Scott Arniel said recently, “the biggest thing with Dan is that he is such a great player bringing the puck up from our end of the ice, he has great vision and sometimes he is unpredictable, he doesn’t show the same thing all the time. Our players recognize that they have to work hard to get open for him but they know that more than likely he will make the right play. He is great at deception and we brought him in to be the QB of the PP. (NYR)

Grade: C+

Stats: Dan Boyle’s return to the lineup

Dan BoyleDan Boyle returned to the Rangers lineup last night, played 23:34 and was a minus one.

Boyle had one shot on goal, 2 shots that were blocked, 1 that missed the net, 3 hits and 2 blocked shots.

He played 6:03 in the first, 8:13 in the second and 9:18 in the third.

Boyle played 13:45 at even strength, 8:36 on the PP and 1:13 on the PK.

At 5 on 5, Boyle was on the ice for 9 shot attempts for, 15 against and 3 shots on goal for and 9 against. (Natural Stat Trick)

He started 42.86 of his shifts in the offensive zone, which was the fourth highest on the team. (Natural Stat Trick)

He played mostly against Henrik Zetterberg, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Jurco. (Natural Stat Trick)

Recap: What Dan Boyle said today and how the Hockey Gods are not happy with him

Dan BoyleAlain Vigneault said today that Dan Boyle skated on his own yesterday and said after he skated today that he felt good. Vigneault said that he expects Boyle to be in the Rangers lineup on Saturday against Detroit. (Rangers Report)

Boyle spoke with the media today after returning to practice (Rangers Report):

  • Are you feeling better, “yes, yes. I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t better. Yesterday was the first day. I had four rough days and yesterday and then today.”
  • Did they find out exactly what it was, “No, I tested for a bunch of things, gave some blood and nothing came up positive. Not quite sure what I had or what it’s called but it kicked my butt.”

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Practice: Dan Boyle not on the ice (Updates)

1:38PM: Boyle’s blood work has still not come back and if he doesn’t improve the Rangers will have to “investigate further.” (Gross)

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12:04PM: Dan Boyle is not taking part in Rangers practice today and the team says that it has nothing new to report on his status. (Leonard)

Dominic Moore is not skating with a maintenance day. (Leonard)

Read: The Rangers still don’t believe that Dan Boyle has the mumps

Dan Boyle12/1/14 | 1:13PM: Alain Vigneault was asked today if there was concern with Boyle being out long-term and said, “not to my knowledge. As far as I know he went to the hospital yesterday to check out his blood. We don’t have the results yet but as far as anybody can tell it’s just the flu…just a longer version of the 24 hours” (NYR)

12/1/14 | 11:46AM: Dan Boyle is still sick but the Rangers do not believe that he is suffering from the mumps. (Gross)

Boyle went to the hospital for bloodwork yesterday and the team is still waiting for those results. They are still classifying Boyle’s illness as the flu, (Rosen)

Boyle will miss his second straight game after missing Saturday’s win over the Flyers with flu-like symptoms.

News: Tanner Glass has the mumps/Dan Boyle flu like symptoms

Tanner Glass4:45PM: Rangers PR said that Boyle is feeling better and at this point they still don’t believe he is dealing with the mumps. (MSG)

11:13AM: Tanner Glass has been diagnosed with the mumps. He will be isolated from the team through Monday. (Larry Brooks)

Dan Boyle woke up this morning with flu like symptoms and will be replaced by John Moore today.

The Rangers don’t believe that Boyle’s illness is related to Glass having the mumps. (John Giannone)

The players have been given a mumps vaccine through booster shots. (Brooks)

Players throughout the NHL have been dealing with the mumps including Corey Perry who missed five games and Jonas Brodin who missed seven.

The Rangers followed the Wild, who has players with mumps, in Tampa Bay. (TBO)

Read: Dan Boyle’s best game and what is important to him

Dan Boyle1Dan Boyle played a season high 24:49 against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, had two shots on goal, 1 that was blocked, four that missed the net and his first goal of the season.

Boyle also had one hit and one blocked shot.

After the game, on MSG, Dave Maloney and Joe Micheletti spoke about how Boyle had his best game of the year and that he is a smart player who knows when to push the pace or take things slow. They said that it was a real positive sign for the Rangers.

Asked about scoring his first goal, Boyle said on MSG, “the media likes to talk about personal points and goals and assists but for me, at my age, I don’t really care about that. My goal is to leave my mark on the ice, make something happen, whether I get goals and assists, that is not really as important to me as when I was 20 years old. I am just looking to help out offensively and defensively.”