Tuesday Morning Fly By: Merry Christmas Eve, hockey fans!

Tom Pennington

Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...

*The Flyers played a full sixty minutes of quality hockey last night! Luke Schenn scored a goal! It was truly a Festivus miracle. Recap if you missed it!

*Rumors are flying around that suggest that the Washington Capitals will host the Flyers in the 2015 Winter Classic. Oh please oh please let it be true. [BSH] [CSN Philly] [Philly.com]

*The Flyers' defensive corp have not been playing stellar hockey these last few weeks. [Inquirer]

*This is not helped by the fact that Erik Gustafsson will be out at least two weeks with a knee injury. [Daily News]

*ASF on the interesting relationship between Claude Giroux's ice time and the number of goals he scores. [Flyers]

*All seven jerseys for this year's glut of outdoor games have been revealed. [Icethetics]

*Tomorrow we'll all be enjoying family and prezzies but Thursday we get the start of the World Juniors Tourney hooray! Let's look at the ways that the US might be able to win gold again and a full World Juniors preview from our friends at Stanley Cup of Chowder.

*The ten most memorable hockey fan moments from 2013. [Puck Daddy]

*The ten most blatant defensive meltdowns of 2013. A fun read, if not only for the appearance of the Flyers' Harlem Shake goal against the Pens. [Backhand Shelf]

*What injuries tell us about an NHL team's failings. [PD]

*The Pittsburgh Penguins can all but clinch the division by the New Year, which is really annoying. [Daily News]

*Should the NHL ban the draft lottery to prevent tanking? [PD]

*Two different looks at how the new, shallower net is affecting NHL scoring; first by our own Dr. Eric T. and the second by SBN's Evan Sporer.

*And finally, the very enjoyable Paul Stewart offers his own Christmas story as we head into the holiday. Have the merriest of Christmases, hockey fans!

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