Rangers Roundup: Zac Jones scratched in Hartford, keeping Chytil on wing, and more

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Zac Jones (Photo: Kelly Shea / Hartford Wolf Pack)

The New York Rangers announced that defenseman Patrik Nemeth has entered COVID protocol. Their next game is scheduled for December 22 against the Canadiens. Will the Rangers make a call up?

Last night, the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford fell 6-4 to the Springfield Thunderbirds. However, the story was Zac Jones missing from the Wolf Pack lineup.

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Zac Jones scratched

Jones, 21, was selected by the Blueshirts in the third round (68th overall) during the 2019 NHL Draft. After an excellent college career, he made his Blueshirts debut at the tail end of last season picking up 4 assists in 10 games. This season for the Wolf Pack, he leads all defensemen in scoring with 15 points in 20 games.

I reached out to the Pack to see what the reason for the scratch was but have yet to hear back.

The Rangers will hold their next practice on Monday at 11AM. It will be interesting to see if Jones joins them.

During training camp, Jones was one of the final cuts and made quite an impression on the Gerard Gallant.

“Jonesy didn’t do nothing wrong,” Gallant said. “He’s played well and it’s all about numbers and how many you can keep on your roster. Everything Jonesy’s done at camp was excellent. He’s going in the right direction, and again, Lundkvist’s has played very good hockey too.”

UPDATE: Zac Jones skated in warmups for Wolf Pack today but did not play. Per Larry Brooks, he’s dealing with a lower-body issue.

Filip Chytil on the wing

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The Rangers started Filip Chytil on the third line at LW against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday. It took all of a few shift for Chytil to be moved up to second line right wing with Ryan Strome and Alexis Lafreniere. Although that line did not score, they generated chances and looked promising.

There is no word on Artemi Panarin outside of it being a lower-body injury and he’s considered “day-to-day. If he is unable to return on Wednesday against the Canadiens, Chytil should still remain on the wing.

He finished the contest with a -1 rating and two shots on goal.

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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