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Timonen a go?

Saturday, 01.07.2012 / 12:35 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / At the Rink blog

PHILADELPHIA -- Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen skated out with the rest of the team for pre-game warm-ups, leading to the belief that he will be in the Philadelphia lineup when the puck drops at 1 p.m. against the Ottawa Senators.

The Flyers listed Timonen's status as day-to-day with an upper-body injury. The injury has been reported to be to his left hand, which was hit by a puck during the Winter Classic against the New York Rangers and then aggravated in Thursday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Timonen was limited to just nine shifts totaling 5:32, and none in the third third period.

How important is Timonen? In the absence of Chris Pronger, Timonen is the Flyers' lone veteran defenseman. The 36-year-old plays on the top defense paring at even strength, on the power play and the penalty kill. He leads the team's blueliners with a plus-12 rating and averages nearly 22 minutes a game of ice time.

"He quietly comes in here and every day, he shows up, and works hard without a lot of fanfare," said coach Peter Laviolette. "Yet his production on the ice and his value in the locker room as somebody who has been around and a leader on this team, it's hard to express how much he means to the team."


He also hasn't missed a regular-season game since the 2007-08 season, and it looks like his streak of 223 consecutive-games played will click up one more in about a half-hour.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK

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