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Injured Nolan Patrick out tonight vs. Leafs

Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick is out tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury. The 19-year-old is day-to-day, per general manager Ron Hextall. 

Patrick first suffered the injury in the team's loss Tuesday to Anaheim when his head was pinned against the glass behind his own net Ducks by center Chris Wagner. The centerman was also held out of Thursday night's defeat in Ottawa.

“It’s my first time that I’ve ever had any kind of injury like this before," Patrick said Friday. "It’s a lot of protocol things you have to go through. I think the league is pretty big on that kind of stuff. There’s a few things I’ve got to do first. I’m feeling good though.”

Patrick was able to practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday but did not skate this morning. He thought he had a chance to play Thursday but was held out of the lineup.

"I was hoping to play, but there’s lot of things you got to go through before you can," Patrick said. "There was a few things I had to go through before I could play, but I was hoping to."