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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
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 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
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9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
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16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 54 16 30 -8 46
J. Voracek 54 8 35 -3 43
W. Simmonds 54 20 16 -7 36
B. Schenn 52 15 15 1 30
S. Gostisbehere 36 10 20 4 30
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 51 9 9 -5 18
M. Raffl 54 7 7 5 14
S. Laughton 52 4 10 -7 14
M. Del Zotto 52 4 9 -8 13
 
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M. Neuvirth 11 6 3 .932 2.13
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