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Filip Chytil back at Rangers training after being medically cleared; play-off return possible

Surprise, surprise.

For the first time since he was closed at the end of January after a setback in his recovery process from an upper body injury, Filip Chytil was there again Rangers practice on Friday after he is medically cleared.

The center, who has played only 10 games this season, was training alone and wanted to skate with the team. The 24-year-old practiced without a contactless jersey.

“He looks good there,” head coach Peter Laviolette told reporters, including Vince Z. Mercogliano, after practice. “There is no timetable for Fil. We’re not going to rush him. When he feels and the eyes are on him and the powers that be feel that he is in a good place, then that’s a different story.”

The Blueshirts will be cautious with the former first-round draft pick and prioritize his health over a return this season.

The Rangers have two more regular season games (Saturday afternoon against the Islanders and Monday night against the Ottawa Senators) before the playoffs begin.

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The final day of the regular season is Thursday, April 18, while the NHL playoffs begin on April 22.

New York currently sits in first place in both the Eastern Conference and the NHL with 110 points and a 53-23-4 record. The Carolina Hurricanes (107 points, three games remaining), Boston Bruins (107 points, three games remaining) and Florida Panthers (106 points, two games remaining) all have a shot at first place in the East .

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