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What The Absence of Steve Downie Means For The Philadelphia Flyers

Steve Downie

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The injury bug has been quite generous to the Philadelphia Flyers so far this season. However, the latest injury for the orange and black could have a greater impact than you think.

On the same night, center Vincent Lecavalier returned to the ice, Philadelphia was forced to shut down right wing Steve Downie. Team officials have stated that Downie has suffered an upper-body injury. Downie may not be filling up the score sheets, but his absence is going to hurt the Flyers in a number of different places.

Downie is arguably Philadelphia’s best playmaker. He isn’t much of a goal soccer, but when it comes to setting up plays, he does it as well as any other player in the NHL.

In 31 games this season, Downie has recorded 16 assists, 10 of them in a Philadelphia uniform. Downie spent the first 11 games of the season with the Colorado Avalanche before being shipped to Philadelphia in a trade for center Max Talbot. Downie has posted a plus minus of +3, which is second best on the team. Perhaps the most important thing that the Flyers will be missing is irreplaceable.

Downie is one of the more colorful players on the Flyers. With a goofy locker room personality and a fierce on ice presence, Downie’s attitude on and off the ice is something the Flyers will have to do without for a little while.

Downie isn’t expected to miss too much time. He plans on being back within a week or two. For now, the Flyers will have to cope without their most underrated player.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.