Filip Chytil will return to the line-up for Tuesday’s Garden game against the Sabers after missing 14 games since breaking a hand in Pittsburgh on January 24th.
« That Adding a man with this speed and skills makes everyone better, « Quinn said of the 21-year-old center. « We thought he was playing the best hockey of his career before he got injured.
» He did a lot of good for us. It’ll be good to have him back in the line-up. “
Chytil had two goals and an assist before going down in an open ice collision with Evan Rodrigues in the middle of the Penguins game, the Rangers’ fifth game of the season.
The The native Czech is expected to run in the third session between Kevin Rooney (left) and Julien Gauthier (right) against a Buffalo team that suffered a 3-0 defeat against the Flyers in a row. He stood in line between Alexis Lafreniere and Gauthier at the start, before switching between Phil DiGiuseppe and Kaapo Kakko for his next four games.
Artemi Panarin and Kaapo Kakko stay outside, so Quinn’s choices are limited. Mika Zibanejad will focus on Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich, while Alexis Lafreniere and Colin Blackwell will flank Ryan Strome in the first two sessions.
Rooney, a natural center, has played some on the wing. It will open to the left of Chytil, via Quinn.
« Due to an honest effort played night after night, [Rooney] has come on offensive from time to time and he’s just an honest player, » said Quinn.
Considering the nature of the injury Chytil may have to be relieved of allusions. Rooney’s 47.9 percent on the points is the top grade among the Rangers centers.
« We’re going to see [Chytil] tie it, » said Quinn. « Obviously Rooney was pretty good at the games, so if Fil has problems with the tie, Rooney has to take it. »
Kakko, who missed his fifth straight since being put on the COVID log on January 20th is expected to be struck off the list when it is released at 5pm. « Kaapo will start making a return to the match record, » said Quinn. « We’ll just see how it goes. »
Quinn said he has a daily contract with Panarin, who has missed his fourth game since taking a vacation in Russia following unfounded charges against him by Andrei Nazarov / p> « I speak to Bread daily and he did some ice skating, » said Quinn. « Again, we’re just waiting every day for the right time to come back. »
Jacob Trouba, who found himself in a four to six week recovery period after breaking his thumb in the Devils defeat on February 16, is skated regularly.
« He’s making a lot of good progress, » said Quinn. « We expect him back sooner rather than later. »
Igor Shesterkin should score in goal for Alex Georgiev after three starts in a row. This would be Shesterkins 12th start in 20 games.
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