In his 14 seasons and 1,001 NHL games, no one has ever accused Kimmo Timonen of sugar coating where his team stands.

The veteran defenseman is part of the Flyers’ leadership group and although his team is five points shy of a playoff spot, he’s preaching the positive.

“To me, my personal message for the guys is that it’s still in our hands,” Timonen said Monday. “We control our own destiny.”

That was the line of the day for the Flyers, who didn’t practice after a disappointing overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday night. Had they gotten the second point in the standings rather than just one for making it past regulation, they would have been right.

Even if the Flyers beat the New York Rangers tonight and on April 16 and win the remaining 15 games, if the Rangers won all their remaining games they’d still finish one point ahead of the Flyers.

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Dave Isaac covers the Flyers for 97.3 ESPN and The Courier Post.  Reach Dave Isaac at Follow him on Twitter @davegisaac.