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Flyers likely to be without Timonen (chin) Tuesday vs. St. Louis

Mar 31, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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Looks as though Philly will be without its most veteran defenseman tomorrow against the Blues.

Kimmo Timonen didn’t travel with the Flyers to St. Louis, per CSN Philadelphia, and is expected to be replaced in the lineup by Erik Gustafsson. It’ll be just the fourth missed game of the year for the veteran Finn — at 39, Timonen has been remarkably durable, especially given he logged extra minutes playing for Finland at the Winter Olympics.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Flyers respond without Timonen in the lineup. He’s been very good of late, scoring five points in his last eight games while playing nearly 20 minutes in Sunday’s 4-3 OT loss to Boston, during which he was struck in the face with a puck.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who is reportedly being “tight-lipped” about this injury, told CSNPhilly.com that Timonen did not suffer a facial fracture.

  1. President Charles Logan - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    when’s the old goat gonna retire anyways?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:57 PM

      Maybe when he can’t play at the NHL level anymore. He’s doing fine right now.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:48 PM

        i respect him

  2. raoool - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    ‘tight-lipped’

    I see what you did there.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Wow that’s surprising, didn’t seem serious and he doesn’t miss games for anything minor. Well atleast Gustafsson is essentially a poor mans Timonen, so it’s not a gigantic drop off.

    • claudegirwho - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      I’m sure there would have to be some bruising and headaches from that. Even though it looked like it glanced off I’m sure it still caught him pretty good. I couldn’t believe it

    • goodolejr - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      I’m definitely not upset to see Gus in the lineup. Timonen looked a bit hazy in the seconds immediately following the puck hitting him, I hope it’s nothing too serious as he was able to finish the game.

  4. President Charles Logan - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    why not hal gill?

  5. toiletclown - Apr 1, 2014 at 6:15 AM

    old goat

  6. cjb5671 - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:53 AM

    He also took a shot to the ankle last game. I’m betting it’s a combination of both affecting him. Letting him sit one game is a good idea.

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