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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Nash still not practicing

By Katie Strang

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rangers winger Rick Nash is not on the ice for the team's practice Wednesday at the MSG training center in Westchester.

The 28-year-old forward, acquired by the Rangers in a blockbuster trade this summer, sat out Tuesday night's game with an undisclosed injury. Coach John Tortorella has repeatedly declined to provide further detail about what is ailing Nash or the severity of the injury, although it is believed to be related to a nasty hit Nash took last Tuesday in Boston.

Nash's head rattled against the glass after he was rammed into the boards by Boston's Milan Lucic, who incurred no penalty on the play.

Although Nash played in Sunday's match against the Capitals, his status was questionable throughout last weekend. Nash missed a season-ticketholder event on Friday due to "illness" and did not practice the following day for what the team termed as a "maintenance day."

Without Nash on the team's top line, Derek Stepan is centering Carl Hagelin and Marian Gaborik.