Filip Chytil will be out 4-6 weeks for the New York Rangers with an upper-body injury.
The forward collided with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evan Rodrigues at 9:11 of the second period during a 2-1 loss at PPG Paints Arena on Sunday. Chytil remained down after the hit before he was looked at on the bench and went to the locker room.
Chytil (two goals, one assist) has been the center on the third line for the Rangers, their most productive at even strength through five games with Kaapo Kakko (two goals) and Phillip Di Giuseppe (four assists).
“If we do lose him for an extended period of time it is going to be a blow, but every team in the League is suffering injuries and we’re no different,” Rangers coach David Quinn said Monday. “That’s pro sports, certainly it’s the National Hockey League. We have to have guys pick up the slack if he is out for an extended period of time.”
The 21-year-old has scored 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) in 149 NHL games with New York and no points in three Stanley Cup Playoff games.
“Obviously, it’s a big loss,” Rangers forward Brett Howden said. “[Chytil] is such an effective player out there when he’s on his game. His speed, his skill, obviously he’s playing really well for us and obviously that’s a big dagger for us. But we’ve got a lot of guys in the room that can step up and play that role, got a few centermen on the team too. I think everybody is going to have to step up to fill that absence.”
The Rangers visit the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG, MSG-B, NHL.TV).
NHL.com senior writer Dan Rosen contributed to this report