Thursday, February 11, 2016

Andrej Meszaros at Home With Flyers

Andrej Meszaros is right at home with Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Andrej Meszaros at Home With Flyers

( AP / Tom Mihalek )
( AP / Tom Mihalek ) AP

Before defenseman Andrej Meszaros (above) joined the Flyers, he was a minus-10 in 188 career home games over his five seasons with the Senators and Lightning. Over that same span, he was plus-16 on the road.

Since coming to Philadelphia, Meszaros still has a better plus/minus on the road (+22 to +11), but he has scored far more often in the Wells Fargo Center (8) than away away from it (1).

His career home/road breakdowns are below:

Noteworthy: In his pre-Flyers years, Meszaros teams were 105-60-23 (.620) in home games in which he played ... The Flyers are 22-12-8 (also .620) in home games he has played ... Three of Meszaros' nine goals as a Flyer have been game-winners, including two overtime tallies ... He has two goals in 11 playoff games with the Flyers. He had two in 34 postseason games with the Senators ... He never missed a regular season game in his three years with Ottawa.

PRE-FLYERS     GP G A    Pts.     +/-    PIM    EV    PP    SH    GW
  Home    188    17    51 68 -10 148 10 6 1 3
  Road 191 17 58 75 +16 151 9 8 0 3
  Home 42 8 8 16 +11 28 6 2 0 3
  Road 44 1 18 19 +22 18 0 1 0 0
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