Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen usually is all business on and off the ice.

Talk to him about what’s wrong with the Flyers, you’ll get an honest answer. Mention his personal achievements, you usually don’t get much response.

Wednesday was an exception.

Asked if he realizes he’s on the verge of playing in his 1,000th career NHL game, Timonen said: “Yeah, I know that,” before breaking into a big laugh.

Timonen can reach 1,000 when the Flyers play at Tampa Bay on Monday night, a day that also happens to be his 38th birthday.

“It’s been a long journey,” Timonen said before the Flyers' 5-2 loss in New Jersey. “I’m a couple games away, but if you go back to ’98, I got sent down to the minors and I didn’t know at that time in 2013 I was going to play my 1,000th game.”