SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It takes a considerable amount of pain to keep someone such as Kimmo Timonen out of the lineup.
The Flyers' defenseman, who had an Iron Man streak going a while ago, missed his first game of the season Saturday in Los Angeles with an aching left foot.
He was hit by a puck blocking a shot against Detroit on Jan. 28.
“He needs rest,” said Flyers coach Craig Berube. “No sense even putting him out for practice.”
Timonen is questionable for Monday’s game against the Sharks, but as Berube said, “You never know. He might show up and say, 'I wanna play.'”
Timonen did some off-ice work Sunday at SAP Arena. He is not in a cast or walking boot, which is a good sign because that says there is no fracture.
“If it were broken I wouldn’t be walking around, I can tell you that,” he said. “Pain is always there. It’s really hard [to find rest]. That’s why I hate missing games. But sometimes maybe you miss two or whatever. That game off [Saturday] was needed, let’s put it that way. Sometimes it gets to the point where you have to say, ‘Am I helping the team or hurting the team?’ Especially when you are almost 39 years old. You got to be in good shape to go in there.
“I’ve battled through injuries all my career, but sometimes it gets to the point where you have to say, ‘I’m hurting the team.’”
Timonen said he plans to skate Monday and make a decision then on whether to play.
While he may need rest, it’s hard to come by right now with the compressed NHL schedule. When the Flyers return home this week, they have two more games -- Thursday against Colorado and Saturday against Calgary.
Then comes the Olympic break on Feb. 9. Timonen is supposed to play for Finland at the Sochi Games.
He said he’s not thinking that far ahead, but at the same time, he won’t go to Sochi if his foot is bothering him like it is right now.
“If I have to [withdraw], sure,” he said. “I’m not going there if I’m not 100 percent certain. It’s a tough tournament with tough teams. It’s day by day to see how I feel.”
Andrej Meszaros played in Timonen’s spot during the Flyers 2-0 win over the Kings.