SAN JOSE — Dan Boyle declared himself ready to play Friday and if the training staff agrees, the veteran defenseman will be back in the lineup Saturday night when the Sharks face the Phoenix Coyotes.

"The medical staff, I've got to check with them now just to make sure we're on the same page. Hopefully I'll be out there tomorrow," said Boyle, who has missed the past seven games since being knocked unconscious by an illegal hit in an Oct. 15 games against the St. Louis Blues.

Boyle may not be the only injured Shark back in the lineup as Coach Todd McLellan said third-line forward Matt Nieto also should be able to return after missing two games.

With Nieto back on the third line with Joe Pavelski and Tommy Wingels, McLellan shuffled his top two lines Friday. Marty Havlat was skating with Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau while Tyler Kennedy was skating alongside Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl.

McLellan said the new look was under consideration, but stopped short of saying that definitely the plan for the Phoenix game.

"I think that Jumbo and Tomas are benefactors of an energy type guy playing there," McLellan said, noting that was Brent Burns's role before his injury. Kennedy can do that. Patty and Logan are a little more cerebral, a thinking-type line so I think Marty can fit there as well."

Boyle said he was primed to get back into action -- "Yeah. I think it's my 10th day in a row skating . . . I'm ready to go here" -- but recognized he still had a mental hurdle to clear.

"I'm sure at least for a little bit I'll be a little tentative. Hopefully I get rid of that," he said before referring to a similar return from a concussion in December 2003. "Last time this happened, I kind of got hit early. That was probably the best thing to happen. Hopefully the first shift I get a hit or get hit. Hopefully I'll get some of that nervousness and bad energy away."