CHICAGO - MAY 27: Kimmo Timonen of the Philadelphia Flyers talks with reporters during Stanley Cup media day at the United Center on May 27, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
When Geoff proclaimed in the headline of this AM's Fly By that it was "Danny Syvret Week," he was being sort of facetious. As it turns out, he might get called up to the big club anyway.
Kimmo Timonen went down in the second period of tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with what the team is calling a lower body injury. According to the reporters on the ground in Pittsburgh, Paul Holmgren says it's not serious and that Timonen will likely play on Thursday night when the Flyers host the Atlanta Thrashers. He was only held out tonight as a precaution.
But here's stating what we all are already thinking: while that's fantastic news that he's not out for a while and that it's not a big deal, we all know that Kimmo can use all the rest he can get. We also know that he won't sit if he's able to play (and by play, we mean walk) he will indeed play, so maybe this request is moot, but wouldn't it be nice for him to just sit for six games?
Thanks to their win tonight, the Flyers only need three more wins (or six points) in the final six games of the season to clinch the Atlantic Division and thus, the first or second seed in the East. Keeping in mind that the rest of the schedule has the Thrashers, Senators, Devils and Islanders on it, I believe that the Flyers can win at least three of those games, if not more. Winning the Atlantic, after tonight, should not be too difficult a task, especially when you consider that Pittsburgh isn't going to win all of their remaining games -- knock on wood.
So let's let Kimmo rest for the next six games. Call up Danny Syvret to fill in for the time being, because as we mentioned on Monday, he's worth another look at the NHL level.
There's simply no reason to play Timonen right now. Let him rest. The playoffs are coming.