Rangers Roundup: Chytil a game-time decision, Kreider; Trouba maintenance day, and more

The New York Rangers held a spirited practice led by head coach Gerard Gallant.

The team’s bench boss expressed his displeasure with yesterday’s lackluster performance after two straight losses. Despite beating the Kraken 3-2, he let his thoughts be known.

“Im not too happy,” Gallant said afterwards. “Today it was disappointing to watch that after two losses. I expect a lot more from my group and I didn’t see much of it.”

Filip Chytil game-time decision

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Nov 7, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) smiles after scoring a third period goal against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Rangers won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Two of the Rangers top players and veteran leaders were give the day off. Both Chris Kreider and Jacob Trouba did not skate as the team announced maintenance days for each.

One player that finally made a return to practice was forward Filip Chytil. He’s been out since getting injured against the Coyotes on 1/22.

Chytil, 22, was selected by the Rangers in the 2017 NHL Draft in the first round (21st overall). Since debuting during the 2017-18 campaign, he’s bounced between center and wing finding difficulty getting comfortable.

He has 11 points in 38 games this season and 82 in 224 career contests.

Today at practice he was in the middle of Alexis Lafreniere and Julien Gauthier.

Gallant noted after practice that he wasn’t sure if Chytil would be ready for tomorrow’s game against the Florida Panthers. He’s currently a game-time decision.

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