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Rangers' Girardi out Tuesday; Klein, Stepan skate

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi has swelling in his knee and won't play Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers, coach Alain Vigneault said Monday.

Girardi is considered day-to-day. The Rangers have been carrying six defensemen since Kevin Klein was injured and no decision has been made yet on who will be recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League to replace Girardi.

Klein, who has an oblique injury, and center Derek Stepan, out with broken ribs, each skated Monday in a non-contract jersey. Each said they felt good and hope to skate again Tuesday.

"It felt good to be out there with the guys," Klein told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "It was [Stepan] and my first time out there and I think it went pretty well for the most part. That was the first hard skate, so I'm just getting my legs back and making sure it reacts well tomorrow to what we did today."

Girardi, 31, has two goals and nine points. He has played in all 31 games this season for the Rangers and skated in 330 consecutive games from 2007-11.

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