As for facing his former teammates, Downie said, "I haven't really put much thought into it. My focus has been on trying to help this team win games. It's just another game to get a win."
Since the trade, Downie had two goals and 12 points and was plus-3 in 23 games entering Thursday, while Talbot had three goals and nine points and was plus-2 in 28 games.
Talbot said that it was "overwhelming" when he learned he had been traded, but that he had acclimated to his new team and loves playing in Denver.
He said the trade was tougher on his fiancee, Cynthia. They are expecting their first child on Feb. 5.
"You just have to play," Talbot said before the game. "For my fiancee back home, there was a little bit more responsibility and stress, but now that we're here [together], it's been great."
Unlike Downie, Talbot was eager to face his former team.
"Every time you play a team you've been with, it's exciting, it's different," he said. "I know all the guys on the team. I've battled for these guys for a year and a half. Right when you're traded, you look at the calendar and [see] we play Philly on Jan. 2, so it's obvious it's going to be a special game for me."
Concussion for Raffl
Flyers winger Michael Raffl suffered a concussion when he was hit into the boards by Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog in the first period Thursday.
No penalty was called.
Raffl has been a key member in the resurgence of the Flyers' top line. He is out indefinitely.
Winger Matt Read, who appeared to take an elbow to the head in the Flyers' win in Calgary on Tuesday, did not participate in Thursday's morning skate and was out of the game.
Coach Craig Berube said he wanted to give Read (10 goals, 19 points) another day to recover and that there was a chance he would play Saturday in Phoenix.