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Rangers center makes long-awaited return in Game 3 vs. Hurricanes

5:53 PM: Chytil is listed on the Rangers’ lineup card for Game 3 and will play, according to Peter Baugh of The Athletic. As a result, he has been taken off long-term injured reserve, although the move will have no salary cap implications in the postseason.

5:43 PM: Pre-game line rushes indicate Rangers center Filip Chytil will likely draw for tonight’s Game 3 against the Hurricanes, according to Dan Rosen of The Czech star has not played for more than seven months due to suspected concussion symptoms.

The Rangers have only confirmed that Chytil missed time with an upper-body injury, although multiple reports have suggested concussions were the reason for his absence. He suffered the initially suspected concussion against the Hurricanes on November 2, which landed him returned to the Czech Republic mid-season for a short period of recovery.

Chytil returned to New York in mid-January, but during his second session with the team in a non-contact jersey, he tripped and suffered a setback that required him to be helped off the ice by teammates during a little-attended skate. The Rangers announced within days that Chytil would miss the remainder of the 2023-2024 campaign, but he was medically cleared slightly earlier than expected and returned to training with the club almost a month ago.

With no hiccups in his return to match fitness in recent weeks, they now get him back with a chance to take a 3-0 stranglehold in their second round match on the road in Carolina. Fourth-line enforcer Matt Rempe will be waived to accommodate his return after registering a goal, 8 PIMs and a +1 rating in just 6:22 of average ice time through his first six playoff games.

In 10 regular season games before his injury, Chytil had six assists while averaging 15:56 per game. The 2017 first-round pick had a career-high 22 goals and 45 points last season.