As I stated in a previous article, Dan Boyle is on a big slump, and he needs to get back on track. He has just one goal and nine assists in 22 games this season, and has made several bonehead plays on offense and defense, including eight giveaways.
Along with Brent Burns, Boyle was supposed to provide offense from the defensive position, something that he has done in the past few years as a Shark. This year has not worked out quite the same for him.
In an interview with David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News, Boyle stated, "The game's changed. Everybody's playing the same way -- the neutral zone is pretty much eliminated, which is where I get a lot of my offense. Everybody just fires long bombs, chipping it in. It's just a little bit more frustrating for me."
"The opportunities aren't there like they used to be," he went on to say. "Just working on it, just trying to be better."
That interview was conducted on November 27. Obviously, with his poor showing in Saturday's loss to the Panthers, Boyle has yet to find his groove on the ice.