Steve Downie missed his sixth straight game Thursday because of a head injury, but Flyers coach Craig Berube said that when the winger is ready, he wants him back in the lineup.

"I think he's close," Berube said before Thursday's key matchup against Columbus.

Tye McGinn could soon be the odd man out. "I think he's been fine," Berube said of McGinn. "He's skated well and been involved."

McGinn was on a line Thursday with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

"That line has been OK," Berube said. "I'd like to see them get to the net a little more, get some more opportunities around the net."

At first, Berube said, "We'll see how the team is going" when asked whether it would be a difficult decision to reinsert Downie when he is ready. The coach then added: "There are always decisions to make with the lineup, but he's going to be a part of it. He will be a part of it."