Injury Update: Good news on Timonen, Rinaldo

Injury Update: Good news on Timonen, Rinaldo
January 29, 2014, 12:30 pm

Kimmo Timonen (left) and Zac Rinaldo are both expected to play Thursday against the Ducks. (USA Today Images)

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Defenseman Kimmo Timonen left Tuesday’s 5-0 thrashing of the Detroit Red Wings in the second period after blocking a shot. He wasn’t on the ice the following morning for the Flyers' brief practice, either.

There's nothing to worry about, though, according to coach Craig Berube. Timonen is OK and will travel with the team to California, where they’ll play three games over the next six days.

“He’s fine,” Berube said. “I knew he was fine last night. Just making sure -- just a maintenance day for him.”

Timonen earned an assist on Scott Hartnell’s first-period goal against the Red Wings. He’s also headed to Sochi, Russia, in a matter of weeks to play for Team Finland.

And more good news on the Flyers’ injury front: Forward Zac Rinaldo, who hasn’t played since sustaining a high-ankle sprain Jan. 8, took part in Wednesday’s full practice and is ready to go Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks if called upon.

“I’m doing even better than yesterday,” Rinaldo said. “So I’m good to go.”

Rinaldo was originally expected to miss up to six weeks with the injury, but managed to return to form in only half that time. He says he still experiences “a little ache in the back of the foot,” but nothing that would get in the way of his game.

The Flyers were 3-5-2 in Rinaldo’s absence, including a stretch of four consecutive losses. Sitting idly and unable to help out his teammates was too frustrating for him to bear.

“Six weeks definitely wasn’t for me, so I cut it in half,” he said.

Rinaldo will likely return to his spot on the Flyers’ fourth line come Thursday.

“We’ll see,” Berube said. “I mean, yeah, he’s ready to play.”