VANCOUVER, B.C. - Brian Boyle will make his Devils debut Wednesday night against the Canucks, an exciting and emotional moment for the 32-year-old forward.
"I'm really trying to downplay it right now, just so I can get some sleep," Boyle said.
The truth is, there is no downplaying the situation. Boyle missed the team's first 10 games after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia during training camp.
"I'm excited. It's been a long road," Boyle said. "It's been great. With all the support and patience from the organization. I'm very excited."
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Boyle hasn't played a game since last April, and joined the Devils this past offseason. Coach John Hynes expressed his own excitement to see Boyle healthy enough to play, and also looks forward to having him at his disposal in the lineup to start a three-game road trip.
"We're really looking forward to having him back in the lineup," Hynes said. "It's been a long road for him. ... We're adding a guy with a ton of experience. Very competitive and great in the faceoff circle. We're really looking forward to having him back in the lineup. We're excited as an organization and team to have him back in our lineup."
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Boyle will play on the fourth line as Blake Coleman's left wing, while Miles Wood will switch to right wing.
"I'm comfortable there," Boyle said. "I played a lot there last year and the year before. I think the whole game itself will be a bit of an adjustment, a wakeup call. I didn't get a training camp. Blake and Miles, we chatted this morning. From watching them, I kind of know what to expect from them, and I think I can fit in nicely."
To make room for Boyle, Kyle Palmieri has been placed on injured reserve. Palmieri was injured in practice two weeks ago and has not skated since. He remains out with a lower body injury, and has only worked out off the ice.
Cory Schneider gets the start against his former team. He'll go head-to-head with Vancouver's Jacob Markstrom.
Dalton Prout, Ben Lovejoy and Stefan Noesen will all be healthy scratches.