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Flyers activate Meszaros from IR, will play vs. Boston

New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 24: Andrej Meszaros #41 of the Philadelphia Flyers passes the puck in the second period against the New York Rangers on January 24, 2013 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Flyers get some much needed help for their deplete defense this afternoon in the form of Andrej Meszaros.

Philly GM Paul Holmgren announced they’ve activated Meszaros from injured reserve and he’ll be in the lineup this afternoon against Boston. Meszaros has missed 21 games this season with a bum shoulder and the depths the team has had to go to cover for injured and ineffective players have hurt their performance.

While the team is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference they haven’t had issues scoring goals, but rather in keeping teams off the board themselves. You don’t have to look any further than their game Thursday night against Pittsburgh that saw them blow a 4-1 first period lead en route to an embarrassing 5-4 loss.

With players getting healthy and returning to the lineup, now is the time for the Flyers to prove what exactly they’ve got going on and whether or not it’s time for Holmgren to start making moves to get them into the postseason.