RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil is in the lineup for Thursday’s playoff game against the Carolina Hurricanes, his first action since November and coming more than three months after he was ruled out for the season due to a head injury.

That meant 6-foot-8 rookie Matt Rempe was a healthy scratch for Game 3 of the second-round series.

The 24-year-old Chytil played just 10 regular-season games before facing suspected concussion issues that led him to go home to his native Czechia to skate with Jaromir Jagr, among others, in an attempt to get back.

Chytil hadn’t played since a 2-1 win against Carolina on Nov. 2. He had returned to skating with the team before exiting a morning practice in January with what coach Peter Laviolette called a setback, and the team announced he would miss the rest of the season two days later.


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