Dan Boyle returns for Sharks vs. Oilers Thursday; Jason Demers still out

The Sharks blue line is getting a boost Thursday vs. the Oilers, but it won’t be the double boost they had hoped for.

Dan Boyle will return to the team’s defensive lineup, but Jason Demers will still be held out after returning to the team’s active roster on Wednesday.

Boyle missed Tuesday’s shootout win over the Ducks with some type of undetermined illness. From David Pollak:

“Whatever it was, it kicked my ass,” he said.

Boyle missed Wednesday’s practice with the bug but participated at the team’s morning skate Thursday.

Meanwhile, Jason Demers was activated by the team off the injured reserve on Wednesday. He takes the place on the roster vacated by Frazer McClaren, who was claimed off waivers by the Maple Leafs.

Demers hasn’t played this season after breaking his wrist while playing in Europe during the lockout.

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