NHL: All Rangers forwards in training. including Filip Chytil and Blake Wheeler

All New York Rangers forwards were on the ice during an optional practice Sunday. Filip Chytil and Blake Wheeler were there too.

Chytil has played in just one game – Game 3 of the second-round series against the Carolina Hurricanes – since November 2. He suffered a concussion that kept him out of the lineup for more than five months. After playing in Game 3, Chytil was out of the lineup for the remainder of the series due to illness and soreness.

Wheeler hasn’t played since Feb. 15 against the Montreal Canadiens, where he suffered a leg injury that required a stint on the long-term injured list. He has been skating with the team for over a week.

This is the first time since February that Wheeler has skated without a red jersey to prevent physical contact.

Wheeler, 37, scored nine goals and had 21 points in the regular season, while Chytil contributed with six assists in ten games this season.

Head coach Peter Laviolette wouldn’t confirm whether his entire forward group would be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, but he did say, ” We are working on it.

For their part, defenders Adam Fox and K’Andre Miller were not present for this optional training.

The Rangers last advanced to the conference finals two seasons ago when they were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The team is aiming for its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final since 2014 and its first title since 1994.



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