Saturday, December 21, 2013

Downie on the shelf 7-10 days, Lecavalier returns

For the second time since his acquisition from the Colorado Avalanche, Steve Downie will be out of the lineup for a while.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren revealed on Saturday afternoon that Downie is expected to miss the next 7-to-10 days with an unspecified upper-body injury.

If you recall, Downie was on the sidelines for 11 days after absorbing a punch to the face in a November 1 fight in the third period of a 7-0 home loss to the Washington Capitals.

He has proved his worth in a third-line pairing along with Sean Couturier and Matt Read since then, totaling two goals and 10 assists in 20 games since his arrival on Oct. 31.

Good news tonight to cap the second part of a home-and-home series with the Columbus Blue Jackets is that Vincent Lecavalier will return to the lineup after missing only nine games.

Lecavalier, who has been on injured reserve, was diagnosed with a non-displaced back fracture after participating in a game at Nashville on November 30 and was expected to miss at least 3-to-4 weeks.

But the healing waters of the organization's medical staff worked their magic once again, and the man who only slipped into a second-place tie for total goals with nine, will skate again.

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