But Downie, who has a reputation for being tough and able to play hurt, skated and took shots on goal as part of the morning skate at the Pepsi Center. The Avs still were awaiting more tests on Downie's shoulder, but coach Joe Sacco indicated he would play if he is medically cleared.
Downie is a game-time decision at this point. The gritty winger has enjoyed his time in Colorado with two goals and seven points in his first six games.
Downie, a right-handed shooter, seems like a good fit on the O'Reilly line, with left-handed-shooting Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog is Colorado's most physical forward, and now he has a similar-style linemate.
Downie will make his Avs debut on the second line tonight. He scored 12 goals and 28 points with 121 PIM in 55 games.