The New York Rangers have confirmed that Filip Chytil will not play Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers are reporting that Chytil returned to New York from Pittsburgh to be evaluated by team doctors.
Filip Chytil has returned to New York for evaluation by team doctors and will be unavailable tomorrow vs. BUF.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 25, 2021
Chytil collided with the Pensâ€™ Evan Rodrigues in the second period. He tried to continue playing but left the ice for good after one shift.
It is not clear who will take his spot, but the most likely candidates are Brett Howden, Colin Blackwell, and Kevin Rooney. It will be a tough task as the third line of Chytil, Phil Di Giuseppe, and Kaapo Kakko has been the Rangers’ most consistent line so far.
Chytil has also improved his shot in the off-season to go along with packing on some muscle and improving his skating. The 21-year-old has played in 149 NHL games.