Downie may return for Flyers on Tuesday

New Flyer Steve Downie heads off the ice after a second-period fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti. Downie suffered a concussion and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. BRUCE BENNETT / Getty Images
New Flyer Steve Downie heads off the ice after a second-period fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti. Downie suffered a concussion and was taken by ambulance to a hospital. BRUCE BENNETT / Getty Images (BRUCE BENNETT / Getty Images)
Posted: November 13, 2013

TORONTO - The Flyers are likely to have winger Steve Downie back in the lineup when the face the Senators in Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Downie, wearing a full cage, was on a line with Sean Couturier and Matt Read at the Flyers' practice Monday in Voorhees.

"Today was another step," he said told reporters after the session.

Downie, 26, suffered a concussion in a fight with Washington's Aaron Volpatti during the Flyers' 7-0 loss Nov. 1. It was Downie's first game after he was acquired from Colorado for Max Talbot, and he missed the next four contests.

Last week, Downie said he needed to get his legs back in shape and that Tuesday was a "realistic" date for his return. Monday was the third day he practiced with the team since his injury.

The Flyers, who have the league's lowest-scoring team, are hoping Downie can give them a spark.

"Just the way he plays, he gets the guys going," captain Claude Giroux said. "He's a smart player, too, so to have him back in the lineup, I think he's going to bring a lot of offense and defense."

The Flyers, trying to build off their 4-2 win over lowly Edmonton on Saturday, will play Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan and the Senators on Tuesday, starting a three-game trip that also takes them to Pittsburgh and Winnipeg.

Coach Craig Berube said going on the road may work to the Flyers' benefit. They are 3-7 at home, 2-3-1 away from the Wells Fargo Center.

"The team is together a lot more on the road," Berube said. ". . . Sometimes, at home, there's a lot of pressure, and there's not as much on the road."

If Downie can play, Michael Raffl could be demoted. Raffl, who has one assist and no goals in 11 games, missed Monday's practice with an illness.

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