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Downie injured; Lecavalier returns

Lecavalier returns to line-up for the first time since Nov. 30

Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 3:22 PM ET / News
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Downie injured; Lecavalier returns
Prior to tonight\'s game at Columbus against the Blue Jackets, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that forward Steve Downie will not be in the line-up.\r\n
UPDATED: Just prior to warm-ups at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that defenseman Nicklas Grossmann will miss tonight's game vs. Blue Jackets due to the Flu.

This will be Grossmann's first missed game this season, leaving nine players who will have appeared in all 36 games this season, including tonight. (Giroux, Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Simmonds, Couturier, Rinaldo, Streit, Timonen and Coburn)

In 35 games, Grossmann has six assists and leads the team with 92 blocked shots this season, which also ranks fifth among all NHL players.

Prior to tonight's game at Columbus against the Blue Jackets, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that forward Steve Downie will not be in the line-up.

Downie will also be out 7-10 days with an upper-body injury.

With Downie out of the line-up tonight, Vinny Lecavalier will return to action.

Originally expected to be out 3-4 weeks from Dec. 9 with a non-displaced back fracture, Lecavalier will appear in his first game since Nov. 30 at Nashville. He has missed the last nine games, and a total of 13 games on the year.

Lecavalier leads the team in power-play goals with five and is tied for second on the team in goals (9). In his first season with the Flyers he has 14 points (9g-5a) in 22 games.

Downie has 12 points (2g-10) in 20 games for the Flyers since coming over in a trade with Colorado on Oct. 31 that saw Max Talbot go to the Avalanche.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 75 21 53 7 74
C. Giroux 74 22 46 1 68
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
M. Streit 75 9 36 -10 45
B. Schenn 75 14 25 -7 39
S. Couturier 75 13 17 1 30
M. Read 73 7 22 -7 29
M. Del Zotto 57 9 19 -5 28
M. Raffl 60 19 6 6 25
V. Lecavalier 51 7 11 -10 18
 
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R. Emery 10 10 6 .892 3.15
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