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Flyers’ Meszaros looks likely to make postseason debut

May 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Fresh off losing a key player for Game 5, the Flyers look like they’re getting one back.

That’s the news after the morning skate — Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi reports Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros “appears in” for tonight’s elimination contest against New Jersey. The steady rearguard has yet to play in this postseason after undergoing back surgery in late March.

If that’s the case, it’s a huge boon for a team reeling from the loss of leading scorer Claude Giroux, who is suspended for tonight’s game after delivering headshot to Dainius Zubrus in Game 4.

NHL.com’s Adam Kimelman noted that, with defenseman Andreas Lilja skating with the scratches (Pavel Kubina, Jody Shelley), all signs point to Meszaros playing his first game since Mar. 1. Prior to getting hurt, “Mez” was playing over 20 minutes a night and led all Flyers defensemen in goals, with seven.

As for other debuts, Zac Rinaldo figures to get his first look of the series tonight in place of Giroux. The 21-year-old hasn’t played since Game 4 of the Pittsburgh series — a 10-3 loss in which he saw just 3:39 of action — but sounded determined to make a difference with Philly’s season on the line.

“G’s been our best player all year. We owe him one,” Rinaldo told Philly.com. “This one is for him.”

  1. maalea - May 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    It’s a help but I don’t know how much ice time he’ll get or how ready he’ll be for the Devil’s forechecking.

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - May 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Too little too late? I am glad Mesz is back but the FlyBoys have been owned by the Devils. Nothing else to it. Ashame because Bryz has been the best player for the Flyers.

  3. dougr42 - May 8, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    I don’t like this move. He’ll be rusty, get tired, and probably slow. I don’t think its worth the risk.

    • flyersgoalscoredby88 - May 8, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      As opposed to lilja, who just sucks

      • jpelle82 - May 8, 2012 at 1:34 PM

        the devils are making them all look bad, not just lilja. grossman may have rushed back too soon because he doesnt look good either.

  4. vindicatus - May 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Won’t make a difference. I’m more concerned with Rinaldo trying to instigate some garbage or hurt somebody. Devs need to just keep their composure, play their game, and skate away. LET’S GO DEVILS!

  5. dannythebisforbeast - May 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Rinaldo blows. He’s the most harmless enforcer I’ve ever seen. Takes dumb Lightweight penalties. I wouldn’t worry about Jim. And I’m a flyers fan. Mez can’t do any worse if forwards don’t support the breakout he will turnover the puck too.

  6. icelovinbrotha215 - May 8, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    I would rather see Sestito than Rinaldo. More size up front is much needed for the Flyers.

  7. GenoPringles - May 8, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    What exactly is a huge boon?

  8. philly4lyfe - May 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    I think sestito is still hurt.

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