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Patrick expects to be in lineup for Flyers vs. Senators on Thursday

Rookie center was helped off ice during loss to Ducks on Tuesday @NHL

Philadelphia Flyers rookie center Nolan Patrick practiced Wednesday and said he expects to be in the lineup against the Ottawa Senators on at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, NBCSP, NHL.TV).

Patrick sustained an apparent upper-body injury during the second period of the Flyers' 6-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday. He was hit into the right-wing boards of the Flyers zone by Ducks center Chris Wagner at 2:28 of the second, and play was stopped at 2:35 with Patrick remaining down on the ice. He eventually was able to skate off alongside Flyers director of sports medicine Jim McCrossin.

"Was clean [hit]," Patrick said. "I just hit my face on the glass. Happened pretty fast. I've got to protect myself better."

Wagner was not penalized for the hit.

Patrick centered a line with left wing Jori Lehtera and right wing Travis Konecny during practice and was a full participant in all drills.

The No. 2 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, Patrick has three points (one goal, two assists) in nine games. 

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