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Rangers' Nash out another week

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New York Rangers forward Rick Nash will be shut down for one week because of a lingering bone bruise, coach Alain Vigneault said Saturday.

Nash, who hasn't played since Jan. 22, is considered week-to-week instead of day-to-day. His 12 goals are fourth on the Rangers and his 33 points in 45 games rank third.

"The bone bruise is just taking longer than we expected to heal," Vigneault told the Rangers website. "Last week I told you he was shut down for like five days, well now they [the medical staff] are going to shut him down for another week. He's still having issues walking.

"He's had all the CT scans, all the MRIs, all the things you can have, there's no fracture, it's just a deep bone bruise that's painful and it's taken a lot of time."

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who has missed the past three games with a concussion sustained Feb. 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers, skated again Saturday and is nearing a return. Vigneault said McDonagh looked real good in his latest skate, but he will not play against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

"I'm beginning to feel like myself again," McDonagh said. "Today was a good step, I'm getting close."

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