Tonight in Tampa, defenseman Kimmo Timonen will become the 282nd NHL player to play in 1,000 games.

But on Sunday afternoon, after the Flyers held a rather lengthy, high-intensity practice at Skate Zone, Timonen declined to discuss the milestone.

He didn’t want to jinx it, he said.

“That’s Kimmo,” said longtime defensive partner Braydon Coburn. “He shoots from the hip. He’s a really honest guy. It’s a great accomplishment. He’s been a great player in this league ever since he got here. He’s not the fastest guy. He’s not the biggest guy. He’s a tough little Finn. He’s been a smart player to be in the league that long.”

Timonen has played 426 games as a Flyer. Previously, he played 573 games with the Nashville Predators, with whom his career began in 1998.

He’s been through a lot since then -- from reaching the Stanley Cup Finals to playing on four All-Star teams to compiling an Iron Man streak of 248 consecutive games -- but he hasn’t changed much at all, according to his teammates.

“Always the same guy,” said Scott Hartnell, who came to the Flyers from Nashville along with Timonen in 2007. “He always likes to laugh, but when push comes to shove, he’s a serious guy and he wants to win. We were just talking about it earlier, everything that comes out of his mouth is almost a joke and funny, but if he’s serious, you know that he’s talking serious, too. He’s a great guy to have around the rink and a great friend for 12, 13 years for me.”