Lightning forward Brian Boyle out for Game 1


There’s one change for the Lightning entering today’s big Game 1 against the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final. They’ll be without ex-Blueshirt Brian Boyle. He’s day-to-day with an injury after not taking warm ups.

Boyle is a reliable two-way checking center who is strong on faceoffs and kills penalties. He always steps it up in the playoffs. So, he’ll be missed by Tampa. Vladislav Namestnikov draws in. Jonathan Marchessault is also in for the Bolts. His second straight postseason game after playing Game 6 last round.

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About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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