The Flyers defense has been up and down but one thing has been consistent all year: Kimmo Timonen.
The 39-year-old defenseman has appeared in 71 of the team’s 74 games this season and consistently players through pain. Look no further than Sunday when Timonen took a shot off the face that left his chin bloody. All he did was go on to get an assist on the Flyers’ game-tying goal with 24 seconds remaining in the third period.
That shot to the face may have done more damage than originally thought. The Flyers listed Timonen as day-to-day on Monday and he did not participate in the team’s optional skate following the team picture. What is more telling is Timonen is out for Tuesday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
The Philadelphia Daily News’ Frank Seravalli reports the Flyers will play Erik Gustafsson on Tuesday night in Timonen’s place against the Blues. The team announced Timonen did not even travel with the Flyers to St. Louis.
He has five goals and 27 assists for 32 points this season while averaging 20:30 of ice time.
Puck drop tomorrow night is slate for 8:00 pm at the Scottrade Center.