Steve Downie has missed the last two games for the Philadelphia Flyers, but he is reportedly set to return to action on Saturday. According to Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the forward participated in the team’s practice this morning and should be set to play against the Edmonton Oilers tomorrow.
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According to Carchidi’s report, Downie was part of Philadelphia’s fourth line during practice:
Downie was on the fourth line Friday, along with Chris VandeVelde and Zac Rinaldo. When he was healthy, Downie was on a productive line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read. Scott Hartnell is now on the Couturier line.
Downie has struggled to remain healthy for the Flyers since the team acquired him from the Colorado Avalanche back at the beginning of November. Through 20 contests with Philadelphia, the 29-year-old forward has scored two goals and registered 10 assists. He also has 31 PIMs, and has brought his usual abrasive energy to the lineup whenever he’s been able to play.
The Flyers have clawed back into a playoff spot despite an incredibly cold start, but will look to snap a five-game road losing streak against the Edmonton on Saturday.