PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 15: Kimmo Timonen #44 of the Philadelphia Flyers looks on against the Los Angeles Kings on October 15, 2011 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Kings defeated the Flyers 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Kimmo Timonen is hurt. Kimmo Timonen is always hurt. But no, really. This time Kimmo Timonen is really hurt.
Paul Holmgren announced before tonight's game against the Washington Capitals here at Verizon Center that both Timonen and Andrej Meszaros are out with lower-body injuries, and they're out indefinitely. For No. 44, it's the first time he's missed a hockey game since the 2008-09 season. That's a long time.
"Indefinitely" is such an awful word, of course, since it basically means "we have no idea how long these guys are gonna be out." Uncertainty is just the worst, especially now that we're beyond the trade deadline and they're just left to go at it with the personnel on hand.
Speaking of that personnel, Erik Gustafsson and Andreas Lilja are in the lineup tonight against the Capitals. We'll see exactly how that goes over the next 60 minutes of hockey, but there's no doubt Peter Laviolette will be asking the world of Matt Carle and Braydon Coburn with both Meszaros and Timonen out of the lineup.
This might not be pretty, but at least it'll be interesting.