11:22AM: Filip Chytil will miss 4-6 weeks with an upper body injury suffered on Sunday against the Penguins. (NYR)
Chytil had begun the season with two goals and one assist in five games.
He collided with Evan Rodrigues of the Penguins in the second period on Sunday, played one more shift but then missed the rest of the game.
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Adam Rotter: Best case scenario for this probably has Chytil missing 16 or so games and coming back around March 2nd against Buffalo, but no matter what, he is going to miss a big chunk of this 56-game season. It was a small sample size, but Chytil was looking like a player that was about to take the next step in his development. He was stronger on the puck, playing with confidence and finding a good rhythm with Kaapo Kakko and Phil Di Giuseppe. Now the Rangers will have to go forward without him for the next month or so.
Brett Howden will likely take his spot on the third line and possibly skate between Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere, especially if Phil Di Giuseppe switches to the right side and joins Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome, with Pavel Buchnevich returning to play with Chris Kreider and Mika Zibanejad. Kevin Rooney and Colin Blackwell will probably both get consistent playing time now, with one of them at center and the other on the wing. It’s a big blow for the Rangers on a bunch of levels and you just have to hope that when Chytil comes back he will be able to pick up, or somewhat close to, where he left off.