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Andrej Meszaros Is The Achilles Heel For The Philadelphia Flyers Recently

Andrej Meszaros

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Where did this come from? It’s no secret that the defensive play of the Philadelphia Flyers has been lagging this season; it’s actually been an ongoing issue for quite a few seasons now in Philly. But where the Flyers defensemen lack defensively, they make up for in the offensive attack. Lately, Andrej Meszaros has been proving that.

Staying healthy hasn’t been the easiest thing for Meszaros to do over the course of his career; he’s missed 109 games in nine NHL seasons. Playing in only 29 this season, Meszaros has still found a way to tally 14 points, which is third best among Philadelphia’s defensemen. Had he stayed healthy over the course of the 20 games he missed, he would have roughly 24 point, which would place him in the top 25 in the league for point by a defensemen. However, if you take away his past six games and average his points per game, he would barely fit inside the top 50, even if he had played in those 20 games.

In a nutshell, Meszaros is scorching as of late. In his last six game, Meszaros has scored three goals and produced six helpers for a total of nine points. Not only does that nine point accumulation lead Philly’s defense, but it leads the whole team as well.

A sudden decline in overall play and recent signing of goalie Steve Mason has blanketed the great play from the 28 year old, but boy are the the Flyers glad he’s hot right now. Without his stellar play in last night’s game, Philly might have suffered a fourth loss in their last five games.

Steven Smith is a Philadelphia Flyers writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook.