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No Brian Boyle for Lightning in Game 1

Rangers Advance Hockey

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2014, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle (11) skates before an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers in Tampa, Fla. The New York Rangers will see some very familiar faces in the lineup of their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals: Tampa Bay’s Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and, if he recovers quickly enough from an appendectomy, former captain Ryan Callahan. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)


The Tampa Bay Lightning may have Ryan Callahan in the lineup, but that’s not the only surprise heading into Game 1 against the New York Rangers. Big center Brian Boyle won’t be able to play because of an undisclosed injury.

The defensive forward is considered day-to-day and will miss this first opportunity to face his former team in the conference finals.

There was some thought that perhaps he was missing Game 1 because his wife was giving birth:

It sounds like it’s an injury-related absence, however. Either way, he’s not in the mix on Saturday. Here’s what the warm-ups looked like: