In the first shift of Game 1, Kimmo Timonen took a hard hit and left the ice quickly. He didn't miss a shift but there was speculation that he hurt something. Over the course of the game, he didn't seem as limber as usual, ultimately failing to get in proper defensive position on Mark Eaton's third period goal.
There could be something to the speculation that he was playing hurt last night as Timonen missed practice this morning. John Stevens, however, said it was just a precaution and that he should be fine.
"He probably could've skated today, but we thought we'd leave him off and get him rested," Stevens told the media after practice at Mellon Arena today. "[The hit] did seem to affect him a little bit but I think after a days rest and a days treatment, we're hopeful he'll be fine and feeling good."
Let's hope so.
Some other notes from practice today...
- Randy Jones also missed practice, but there is no surprise there since it's known that he's not playing at 100 percent.
- If Daniel Carcillo is suspended by the league today, Stevens said that it's possible they'll dress seven defensemen and give Luca Sbisa the spot. They could also potentially call somebody up.