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Kimmo Timonen’s Return Will Help The Philadelphia Flyers

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

Some of the Flyers heard the news in advance.

Most didn’t know until after the game that Kimmo Timonen would resume skating on Friday morning at Skate Zone at 9 a.m.

“I heard during the game that he got cleared,” Claude Giroux said. “It’s great. Kimmo was well liked in this locker room. He brings a lot to us.”

There are two things that Timonen could bring. First, he is not known to make the kind of ghastly turnovers in front of his own goalie like Luke Schenn did in the 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Thursday night (see game recap).

Secondly, and more importantly, Timonen will be an enormous addition to the Flyers' penalty kill. The ultimate difference in this team being a playoff contender and missing out for the second time in three years is how horrific the Flyers have been on the PK, especially on the road.

Nevertheless, there is little chance Timonen will have any impact on the Flyers' playoff chances. There simply is not enough games left for him to be a factor.

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