Thursday marked five weeks to the day since Filip Chytil sustained a suspected concussion in a first-period collision with Carolina’s Jesper Fast.
The 24-year-old center, who is believed to have sustained three concussions prior to this incident, has not yet been able to rejoin the Rangers for a practice, even in a noncontact jersey, as he continues to skate on his own.
Nevertheless, the Blueshirts expect him to return to the club, though understandably no timetable has ever been attached to Chytil’s recovery process.
Saturday’s match in Washington will mark his 15th straight game out of the lineup.
“I think he’s moving in the right direction,” head coach Peter Laviolette said following Thursday’s practice. “I think he’ll return.”
Chytil opened the season in the middle of the second line between Artemi Panarin and Alexis Lafreniere.
Vincent Trocheck stepped up seamlessly to fill that assignment, but Chytil’s absence has produced a trickle-down effect under which Nick Bonino…
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