Timonen returns to practice after 5 days off

Timonen returns to practice after 5 days off
February 5, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Before the foot injury, Kimmo Timonen hadn't missed two consecutive games since March 2012. (USA Today Images)

VOORHEES, N.J. -- After five full days off, Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen returned to the ice on Wednesday at Skate Zone to test his ailing left foot.

“Felt pretty good,” he said with a smile. “First full practice in six days. We’ll see how it feels tonight and tomorrow and go from there.”

The Flyers host Colorado on Thursday, then face Calgary on Saturday afternoon before the Olympic break begins.

Timonen played in last Thursday’s loss at Anaheim, then missed the remainder of the West Coast road trip and practices with pain in the foot.

He skated Wednesday with Hal Gill but did not take a regular shift with the starters.

Timonen reiterated he needs to play these two remaining games before the Olympic break to get an idea of whether it’s worth going to the Sochi Olympics to play for Finland.

“I need to play this week,” he said emphatically. “That was the first good practice in six days. If I can get two games, that’s better than one. If I feel good, then it’s [coach Craig Berube's] decision whether to play me. This was the first day I skated hard and we go from there. It feels better every day. Everybody is different in how they react. Hopefully, I’m fine tomorrow because I want to play. I hate missing games.”

Timonen has missed two games in succession. That’s the most games he’s missed consecutively since March 2012, when the organization shut him down for five games because of a herniated disc in his back.

Timonen's back injury snapped his Iron Man streak at 248 games.