Following the morning skate, Flyers GM Ron Hextall talked with the media on rookie forward Nolan Patrick's injury status. Patrick skated on his own this morning prior to the entire team taking the ice at 10:30.
"He's making progress and it's a matter of ramping up a little bit everyday and hopefully things continue on the path they're going right now," said Hextall. "It's taken longer than we thought. Certainly than we hoped but he skated today everything went good, he worked out and things are good."
Patrick has been out of the lineup with an upper-body injury he sustained vs. Anaheim on Oct. 24, missing the last six games, and is still listed as day-to-day. Prior to injury, he appeared in nine games, recording a goal and two assists for three points.
The nine-game deadline mark he is currently at just happens to be a coincidence, as Hextall stated it is unlikely that Patrick will return to his junior team, the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League.
Hextall also added that in few days he expects Patrick to be in a full practice with the team and be a part of their two-game road trip to Winnipeg and Minnesota next week, which would have special meaning to Patrick, who is a native of Manitoba.
"I'm sure he's frustrated, but he seems to be keeping a good attitude and has been working hard. Again, once you start ramping up you can kind of feel it, so hopefully he continues on the path he's going right now."
Hextall also gave an update as to defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who has been out with a lower-body injury since Oct. 22 when it was announced he would be out 4-6 weeks.
"He's right on schedule and he's at the front end of the 4-6 is what we expect," added Hextall. "We hope he's skating next week."
The four week timeline would target a possible return during the week of Nov. 20 when the team will play three games in a span of four days surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Based off the morning skate, defensman Radko Gudas is likely to be re-inserted into the lineup tonight after missing the last two games with an upper-body injury. The forward lines also are likely to be the same.
Also, expect Brian Elliott to be between the pipes vs. Chicago. Elliott was the first goaltender off the ice at the morning skate and will be looking for his sixth win of the season (5-3-1), while also looking to avenge last week's loss to the Blackhawks that saw him surrender just two goals on 34 shots.
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