New York Rangers’ Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil game-time decisions

Filip Chytil
Jun 5, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Nicholas Paul (20) skates with the puck as New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) defends during the third period of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are getting ready to for a pivotal Game 5 at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

With the series tied at two, the Blueshirts could be without their second and third line centers for the matchup.

Ryan Strome tried valiantly to get into the lineup on Tuesday night but was unable to get through warmups. Then Filip Chytil took a hit from Victor Hedman late in the second period and could not return in the eventual 4-1 loss to the Bolts.

UPDATE: Strome and Chytil in!

Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil are game-time decisions

Ryan Strome
Jun 5, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; New York Rangers center Ryan Strome (16) prior to game three of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Strome, 28, was injured during the second period of the Rangers 3-2 loss on Sunday. Tampa forward Ondrej Palat delivered a crosscheck to an unsuspecting Strome throwing him off balance and causing a lower-body injury that forced him out of the contest.

Chytil, 22, took a solid hit by Victor Hedman late in the second period knocking him out of the game with an upper-body injury.

“Strome is day-to-day and hopefully ready to go Thursday night,” Gerard Gallant said after the Game 4. “Fil left in the second period, he should be fine. But we’ll have to wait and see.”

On Wednesday morning, his update wasn’t any better.

“I expected [Strome] last night but they’re both game-time decisions,” Gallant answered. “You’ve got to make the right calls for everyone. Last night we made the right call.”

Strome has 9 points in 17 playoff games to date, and Chytil was coming on strong with 6 points in his last 6 postseason contests.

Kevin Rooney stepped in for Strome in Game 4 but Dryden Hunt also dressed for warmups. It’s possible if both he and Chytil can’t go Thursday that Hunt gets back in.

Sammy Blais, who finally practiced in a regular jersey is not yet ready to return. He has’t played hockey since mid-November when he tore his ACL.

“I’d love to see him out there though,” Gallant said Tuesday.

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