Rangers Filip Chytil a game-time decision for tomorrow

By Anthony Scultore
Jan 19, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates after scoring a third period goal against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers held a skate today and David Quinn says that center, Filip Chytil is likely to play but remains a game-time decision. This is great news considering how much Mika Zibanejad has been struggling.

Other practice notes

Anthony Bitetto has been nursing an injury and is still considered day-to-day. Artemi Panarin who is on a leave of absence is being listed as day-to-day.

No word about Kaapo Kakko’s status, however it is safe to assume once he comes off the COVID protocol list he will be back in the lineup.

No goalie has been announced for tomorrow although the projected starter is Igor Shesterkin.

Last game review

Alexandar Georgiev took a beating early when Nick Ritchie landed on his head in the opening few minutes of the first. There was a visible gash to his eye and he gave up a goal right after getting repairs.

Soon after the goal, the NHL’s concussion protocol team called for Georgiev to be looked at. Coach Quinn said head trainer Jim Ramsay indicated he was fine and let him stay after the collision and then for the second and third periods once examined in the quiet room.

rangers vs bruins
Feb 28, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Mika Zibanejad #93, Jonny Brodzinski #76, Phillip Di Giuseppe #33, and Brett Howden #21 of the New York Rangers react after their loss during the third period against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins dominated all three zone in this contest and it showed. From the opening draw to the closing whistle they controlled the neutral zone. That led to the Rangers struggling to not only gain the blue-line but to do anything once they did.

Time and time again, the Rangers skaters were met by a wall of Bruins whenever they attempted to get in close to Tuukka Rask. Even with the Blueshirts being clearly outshot and outmatched in this one, they had a golden opportunity to make this one interesting.

NY got a PP late in the third and pulled Alexandar Georgiev for a 2-man advantage. Charlie Coyle ended it for the Bruins with a shorthanded empty-netter.

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