Sunday, April 26, 2015

The red-hot Steve Downie

The Red-Hot Steve Downie

The red-hot Steve Downie

Steve Downie. (Tom Mihalek/AP file)
Steve Downie. (Tom Mihalek/AP file)

How well is Steve Downie playing this season? Well, he has played 17 games between the Avalanche and the Flyers, and in those games his team is 14-2-1.

When either of those teams has played a game without him in the lineup this season, they are 10-13-2, and are averaging nearly a goal less a game and allowing nearly a goal more.

Also, consider that the Penguins have lost just three games at home this season (9-3-0) and two of those were with Downie skating in a visiting sweater.

Click HERE for a full list of Flyers and Avalanche games in which Downie has played and those in which he hasn't.

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