Lecavalier to make return with Downie injured

Lecavalier to make return with Downie injured
December 21, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Vinny Lecavalier will return to the Flyers' lineup on Saturday with Steve Downie expected to miss seven to 10 days. (AP)

Updated: 4:36 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Steve Downie, who skated on the ice late today by himself, will miss seven to 10 days with an upper-body injury.

General manager Paul Holmgren made the vague announcement this afternoon. 

Shortly after, the Flyers said Vinny Lecavalier will make his return to the lineup tonight against Columbus.

Lecavalier took part in the optional practice Saturday morning. Earlier in the week, Holmgren said he was about two to three weeks away. With Downie out, is Lecavalier coming back sooner than he should? It's a fair question to ask.

Tonight will be Lecavalier's first game since Nov. 30. He sat out nine games, last playing against Nashville.

In his first season with the Flyers, Lecavalier has recorded 14 points (nine goals) in 22 games and has missed a total of 13 games with three separate injuries.

The Flyers acquired Downie from the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 31 in exchange for forward Max Talbot.

In 20 games since that trade, Downie has posted two goals and 10 assists as a Flyer, with two helpers coming in his last three games.