Thursday, December 25, 2014

Timonen day to day; Walker put on waivers

(UPDATED at 5:45 p.m.)

Timonen day to day; Walker put on waivers

(UPDATED at 5:45 p.m.)

Durable Kimmo Timonen, the cornerstone of the Flyers’ defense since Chris Pronger suffered a season-ending concussion, is officially listed as day to day with an apparent wrist injury.

GM Paul Holmgren said Timonen visited a doctor Friday and that X-rays were negative.

Timonen did not practice on Fridat and will likely miss Saturday's matinee against visiting Ottawa. He has played in 223 consecutive games.

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In another development, the Flyers placed Matt Walker on waivers, and will probably recall Erik Gustafsson from the Phantoms.

Entering Friday, Timonen was third among NHL defensemen in assists (23) and tied for 15th in plus-minus (plus-12). He is second on the Flyers, among all players, in assists and in plus-minus. Timonen is tied with Matt Carle for the team lead in blocked shots with 76.

Timonen, 36, appeared to get hit with a shot on the left hand/wrist area in the Winter Classic on Monday against the Rangers. He apparently re-aggravated the injury during Thursday’s wildly entertaining 5-4 win over Chicago, a game in which he went to the locker room in the second period and did not return.

On Thursday, Holmgren said Gustafsson was still feeling a little bit of pain in his surgically repaired wrist when taking slapshots.

Timonen has played in all 38 games this season, and he played in all 82 games the previous two seasons.  

The Flyers will play a home-and-home series with Ottawa on Saturday and Sunday. The Senators have won four straight.

Like the Flyers, the Senators are winning despite getting subpar goaltending.

Ottawa has a 3.27 goals-against average, which is 28th in the 30-team NHL; the Flyers are 23d, at 2.92. Despite struggling a la Ilya Bryzgalov, Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson (3.12 GAA, .901 save percentage) entered Friday tied for second in the league with 19 wins. He is coming off a 35-save performance in a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay on Thursday.

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   Free-spirited goalie Ilya Bryzgalov declined talking to reporters after Friday’s practice before relenting.

   “It’s a free country, right? I have freedom to speak and freedom to be quiet. You don’t want to break my constitutional rights, huh guys?” he said. “You don’t like it, go to the Supreme Court, guys.”

    Bryzgalov, who said he feeling “great” after saying he was ill after Thursday’s game, then answered a few questions.

    Asked if sitting out the Winter Classic was a wakeup call, Bryzgalov said, “Let’s not go back and look at the past. Let’s look in the future. I think we had a great game (Thursday). I think the team play was unbelievable.”

    In his last five games, Bryzgalov is 1-3-1 with a 4.44 goals-against average and .835 save percentage.

    Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky are expected to divide the weekend starts against Ottawa.

    Breakaways: Claude Giroux entered Friday tied for the NHL lead with 48 points……Sean Couturier is fourth among NHL rookies at plus-8..…The Flyers are 9-6-2 at home, 14-5-2 on the road…..Detroit appears to be the frontrunner for next year’s Winter Classic.

 

Sam Carchidi Inquirer Staff Writer
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