Filip Chytil, New York Rangers
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New York Rangers rookie Filip Chytil will be a healthy scratch when the club hosts Tampa Bay on Wednesday night.

Frank Curto

Don’t let the NHL standings fool you. The New York Rangers may be nine points out of a wild-card spot, but head coach David Quinn has not given up on the season and his teaching methods.

Case in point, the Rangers coach reported today the rookie forward Filip Chytil will be a healthy scratch for Wednesday night’s contest against the league’s top team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Quinn has not been too happy with the 19-year-old’s effort lately and with the arrival of Brendan Lemieux, has decided a little time watching the game instead of participating in it would be beneficial for Chytil.

The coach made it a point to say that Chytil may sit out a few games and not get back into the lineup as quickly as the last time he was scratched.

Brendan Lemieux was acquired on Tuesday in the trade that sent Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets. The 22-year-old played in 44 games this season for Winnipeg recording nine goals with 11 points.

His toughness is something the Rangers are looking forward to seeing has he accumulated 64 penalty minutes this season playing around 10 minutes per game.

At his first practice with the Rangers on Tuesday morning, Lemieux was paired with Lias Andersson and Pavel Buchnevich. Barring any last minutes changes that is where he will make his Rangers debut Wednesday night at the Garden.

Alexandar Georgiev will get the start in between the pipes for the Blueshirts.

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