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Patrick skates with Flyers, no timetable for return

Forward hasn't played this season because of migraines; defenseman Gostisbehere progressing @NHLdotcom

Nolan Patrick skated with some of his Philadelphia Flyers teammates Wednesday, but there still is no timetable for the forward's return to the lineup because of a migraine disorder.

Patrick, who has not played this season, has been considered week to week because of the disorder, which started during the offseason. He took part in a workout overseen by skills coach Angelo Ricci on Wednesday, something he has done periodically during the season. 

"As far as I know, there's no medical updates," Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said. "My understanding, today I decided to make this a skill day, and when Nolan found that it was only going to be skill, he wanted to go out and skate with the guys. That's the extent of what happened today."

Patrick was not available to the media after the workout.

General manager Chuck Fletcher said Jan. 14 that he expected Patrick to play at some point this season.

"It's hard to predict," Fletcher said then. "Once we have certain information, if he's cleared for contact or anything like that … I can just tell you from the on and off ice workouts he's doing, he is progressing. There certainly isn't any clear path as to which way this will go." 

Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere also was on the ice Wednesday and could play against the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV). Gostisbehere has been out since Jan. 7 and had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Jan. 14.

Vigneault said Gostisbehere will practice Thursday before a decision is made if he's cleared medically and able to play. In the 10 games he's been out, the Flyers are 7-2-1 and allowing 2.30 goals per game. They are allowing 2.87 goals per game for the season.

"Our team right now is playing fairly well," Vigneault said. "We have a decision to make there. I haven't sat down with the coaches yet to hash that through because I've been waiting for the medical crew to definitely clear Shayne. … If we do have a decision to make, I'll talk with my guys and let you know tomorrow."

Goalie Carter Hart skated and remains day to day because of strained lower right abdominal muscle. He will miss his eighth straight game Thursday since sustaining the injury Jan. 15 and was expected to need 2-3 weeks to recover; Wednesday marks three weeks since the injury.

"[Hart] had a good day today, but he is definitely not ready yet," Vigneault said. "Hopefully he continues to improve and he'll be ready for us in the near future." 

Forward Kevin Hayes missed practice for a maintenance day, and forward Joel Farabee was not on the ice because of an illness. Vigneault said he expects each to be in the lineup against the Devils.

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