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Boyle to make New Jersey debut after missing 10 games with leukemia; Boeser returns to Vancouver lineup

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

DEVILS (8-2-0) at CANUCKS (6-3-2)

10 p.m. ET; SNV, MSG+, NHL.TV


The Game

New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle, who has missed the first 10 games of the season with chronic myeloid leukemia, will make his Devils debut against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.

Boyle, who signed a two-year, $5.1 million contract (average annual value $2.55 million) with the Devils on July 1, was diagnosed after a blood test during his training camp physical on Sept. 19. The 32-year-old has been treated with medication and was given clearance to practice Oct. 21.

The Devils can establish a record for best start in their history with a win; New Jersey opened the 1993-94 season 8-3-0. The Devils open a three-game trip through western Canada 4-0-0 on the road this season.


Players to watch

Devils forward Taylor Hall has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games, and nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his past five.

Canucks rookie right wing Brock Boeser will return after missing one game with a foot contusion. Boeser leads Vancouver, 4-0-1 in its past five games, with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in eight games.


They said it

"That's a bit of a coincidence, I think, but it's funny how some of those coincidences line up. As a League, they have always tried to have that initiative and they have done a good job with it and now it's I think a responsibility of mine to try and help push that forward." -- Boyle on returning from chronic myeloid leukemia on the first day of NHL Hockey Fights Cancer month

"What has impressed me with him is his attention to the areas of the game that maybe don't come naturally to him, and that's always for young players hard to grasp, especially guys that are natural goal scorers." - Canucks coach Travis Green on Boeser


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Drew Stafford

Marcus Johansson -- Adam Henrique -- Jesper Bratt

Brian Gibbons -- Pavel Zacha -- Jimmy Hayes

Brian Boyle -- Blake Coleman -- Miles Wood

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

John Moore -- Steven Santini

Will Butcher -- Mirco Mueller

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Dalton Prout, Stefan Noesen, Ben Lovejoy

Injured: Travis Zajac (pectoral muscle), Kyle Palmieri (lower body)


Canucks projected lineup

Sven Baertschi -- Bo Horvat -- Brock Boeser

Daniel Sedin -- Henrik Sedin -- Jake Virtanen

Thomas Vanek -- Alexander Burmistrov -- Sam Gagner

Markus Granlund -- Brandon Sutter -- Derek Dorsett

Ben Hutton -- Christopher Tanev

Michael Del Zotto -- Erik Gudbranson

Derrick Pouliot -- Alex Biega

Jacob Markstrom

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Anton Rodin, Jayson Megna

Injured:  Alexander Edler (knee), Loui Eriksson (knee), Troy Stecher (knee).


Status report

Johansson returns after missing one game with a lower body injury. … Palmieri will miss his third straight game and is not with the team on the road trip. … Edler took part in the game-day skate and is seven to 10 days from returning.


Stat pack

Butcher has eight assists in his past 8 games. … Henrik Sedin hasn't scored a goal this season and has three assists in 11 games.

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