Although center Brian Boyle missed the entire preseason, it remains possible he'll achieve his goal of playing in the New Jersey Devils regular season opener.

The Devils announced on Sept. 19 that Boyle was diagnosed with a chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is largely treatable with medication. Boyle said that day he was still aiming to play in the Devils' first regular season game against the Colorado Avalanche at Prudential Center on Oct. 7 (2 p.m. ET; SN, MSG+, ALT, NHL.TV).

"There's a possibility," Devils coach John Hynes said after a 4-1 win against the Washington Capitals in their preseason finale at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. "Brian will be back with us starting [Thursday] and then we'll just kind of see where he goes over the next week. But nothing has been ruled out yet."

Boyle has been skating on his own and with extra players while going through treatments, but has yet to join the Devils for a full practice. Hynes said he didn't know if Boyle would participate when the Devils practice on Thursday. Boyle will join them on their three-day team-building trip to West Point, New York, which begins on Sunday.