The Philadelphia Flyers went to take on their most heated rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on Thursday night and they fought hard, but one player in particular lost the battle. Veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen only played 13 minutes before leaving the game during the second period with what was reported as a lower body injury. It has not yet been confirmed.
The Flyers have so many players that keep on getting injured that we probably stopped counting all the scratches. The defense in particular has always been really injury prone. So it may not be that our defense is entirely bad, although it is still pretty mediocre, it’s more the fact that half the time inexperienced rookie blueliners take to the ice because everyone else is injured.
Timonen is always among those injured, which is likely due to his age as he heads into the end of his hockey career. On Thursday, Timonen was not too active during the game. In fact, he was on the ice when the Pens scored two of their goals in the game. Timonen blocked a shot while he was on the ice and also took a hit from the Pens’ Tanner Glass. It is likely that when getting checked into the boards that that was where his suspect “lower body injury” occurred.
It’s almost as if fate is just messing with the veteran blueliner, since earlier today he said this may not be his last season in the NHL. The bigger issue with his injury is how will this affect the team? Timonen’s absence will affect the team a lot because they really don’t have a good defense. Timonen, Luke Schenn and Braydon Coburn are probably the strongest players on the blueline, so it could make the team play worse.
Although, to be fair, I don’t know if things could get worse for the Flyers.