Well, now Boyle is in
Don't know what to think here. Asked after the morning skate if defenseman Dan Boyle was going to play, coach John Tortorella said "No.'' Then Boyle shows up for the pregame skate and we're told he will be in the lineup. Appears Doug Janik is the scratch.
The story going around was that the doctor that performed the second surgery on his left wrist tendons, Thomas Graham of the Curtis National Hand Center in Baltimore, came into town Thursday afternoon and gave Boyle final clearance.
Interesting, though, that Tortorella, with his "No'' seemed pretty sure Boyle would not be in the lineup. Haven't talked to him since this morning but would really like to know if he was just fudging to keep it out of the media and off the Internet so as not to give the Senators a heads up. In other words, if he just lied to us.
Either way, it will be really interesting to see Boyle play after almost 11 weeks of recovery time. The defenseman has played just four games this season. The rust will be thick, the lungs burning.