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Boyle joins Devils on road trip

Forward hasn't played this season because of leukemia, could make debut Wednesday

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New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle, who hasn't played this season because of chronic myeloid leukemia, traveled with the team on its three-game, Western Canada road trip and could be in the lineup as early as Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks (10 p.m. ET; SN360, MSG+, NHL.TV).

"I'm ready to go," Boyle told the Devils website after practicing Monday. "Mentally, I'm ready to go. I just got to keep getting out there and keep working. The closer I get, the more excited I get."

Boyle, who signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract with the Devils on July 1, was diagnosed during training camp.

"It's nice to have him," coach John Hynes said. "It's an opportunity for guys to get together a little bit and that's one of the big reasons why he's with us. His experience, he's a veteran guy and just being around the players will be a big benefit for him and our team."

Hynes said he expects the 32-year-old to make his season debut at some point during the trip, which also includes games against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday and Calgary Flames on Sunday.

"Eventually with a guy like that, you've just got to put him in," Hynes said.

Forward Marcus Johansson, who did not play Saturday in a 4-3 win against the Arizona Coyotes because of a lower-body injury, said he likely will play Wednesday.

Forward Kyle Palmieri, who hasn't played since Oct. 20 because of a lower-body injury, won't make the trip.

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