With Or Without Timonen, Ottawa Poses Threat

7 Jan

They learned to deal with life without Chris Pronger. Now they’ll have to learn how to deal with life without Kimmo Timonen. The cornerstone of the Flyers’ defense will likely be out for at least one game with a left wrist injury.

Timonen did not participate in practice on Friday; instead he went to the doctor’s office.

“Kimmo Timonen was seen by the doctor today and remains day to day with an upper body injury,” Paul Holmgren said Friday evening.

If the Flyers are without him, they need that stretch to be short. He’s been a minutes-eater and shot blocker the Flyers can ill afford to be without.

“Kimmo is a really important piece of the team,” said Peter Laviolette. “He quietly comes in here and everyday he shows up, works hard with not a lot of fanfare. However, his production on the ice and value in the locker room makes it hard to express how important he is to this team.”

On the surface one might think that the Flyers wouldn’t have to have him against the NHL All-Sta— Ottawa Senators. When the league announced the starting lineup of All-Stars and four were from Ottawa, many thought it was a joke. But the team is certainly not. Don’t look now, but the Senators are in second place in the Northeast Division.

“We would be making a huge mistake if we didn’t respect Ottawa,” said Laviolette. “They started slow but they aren’t slow now. They’ve climbed back up the standings and won a lot more games than they lost. We talked about giving them the respect they deserve.”

In their last 10 games, the Senators are 7-2-1. Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek actually are legitimate All-Stars.

“This isn’t the Senator team we played in the beginning of the season,” said Laviolette. “This is not that same team, they are a good hockey team.”

Ottawa is 8-7-4 on the road, where this home-and-home will start for them. The Flyers were desperate for a win on Thursday night because it was a home game and their record was lagging in that category. This time around, more desperation. Not only does that home record need work, but also they might be without their best defenseman. Again.

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