(Philadelphia, PA) – Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen
, who has missed the last four games against Pittsburgh with a blood clot in his left foot, could return on Sunday when the Flyers and Penguins play Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Mellon Arena (3:00 p.m., NBC).
Timonen explained his situation following the Flyers’ 4-2 win on Thursday night
“I’m going to skate tomorrow. I met [Dr. Ronald Fairman] today and we took another ultrasound. Based on that, the doctor said I have a green light to give it a try. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to skate [Friday] and see how it feels.
“The doctor feels that there is no chance the clot is going to get loose or break up or anything like that. It’s a great sign. A week ago they were afraid it was going to get bigger and cut loose. I’ve been on blood thinners now for eight days and we’ll see how it goes.”
Timonen, who said he is in no pain, will skate on his own as the team will most likely have the day off from practice.
“If I feel tomorrow that I’m good to go for Sunday, then I’m good for Sunday,” he said. “There is nothing to prevent me from playing. I may have numbness in my toes, but if I can deal with that then I can play.
“I just want to make sure I can help the team and not hurt them.”
In 12 games in the playoffs, Timonen has six assists and a +5 rating.