To be honest I never thought I’d say this two years ago, but Brian Boyle has become an integral part of this team. He was underachieving a bit in the goal scoring department early in the year, but has since picked up that part of his game of late before this recent concussion. But Boyle brings a lot more than goal scoring to this Rangers team.
The Rangers handled his absence in game one against the Capitals without any difficulty but this isn’t a continuing trend. Boyle is used to shut down opponents top lines and he is very good defensively. Not to mention he is one of the best face off men on the team. He also kills a ton of penalties.
With him out Brad Richards has been used to kill penalties, and it isn’t a pretty sight. For one thing I fear he will block a shot and get injured, and another thing he is one of the worst forwards at defense on the team. The only reason Richards plays PK is because he is one of the best face off men on the team.
I would hate to see the team rush Boyle back from this concussion, but he is vital to the team’s penalty kill, and shutting down opposing offensive threats. A few guys on the Rangers have begun to take Boyle’s minutes and that will eventually catch up with the team. If the Rangers are going to continue to go deep in the playoffs, Brian Boyle will play a part in that.
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