Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Flyers news and notes...
*Stars tonight! They've lost three in a row, the Flyers have won three in a row...here's hoping trends prevail. Check back for the preview.
*Sean Couturier's beard is legitimate now; it's getting its own press. [Flyers]
*Since being passed over for a spot on Team Canada, Claude Giroux has been nothing short of incredible. [CSN Philly]
*Speaking of, let's all just take a moment to relive Tuesday night's winner. Jim Jackson really nailed the call. Also, Giroux now resides in the Flyers top-20 all-time scoring list. No big deal.
*Vincent Lecavalier look like he may be getting more comfortable playing on the wing. [Courier-Post]
*Kevin looks at many ways in which Matt Read is awesome. [BSH]
*The Flyers' acquisition of Read is part of a larger trend that has college players getting a longer look from NHL teams. [Daily News]
*A ranking of NHL special teams from Jan 1 to present shows that the Flyers' special teams are killing it right now. [Second City Hockey]
*Charlie asks why the power play is better on the road than it is at home. [BSH]
*A look at how far the Flyers can ride those special teams. [Hexys2Hander]
*Scary stuff out of Toronto last night as Paul Ranger was taken off on a stretcher after being boarded by Alex Killorn. Hopefully Ranger is doing well this morning. [SBN]
*The NHL has launched a site showing playoff matchups if the season were to end today. [NHL.com]
*A league-wide comparison of season ticket holder perks, some of which are really cool. [Silver Seven]
*Why we should stop glorifying players who rack up penalty minutes. [Backhand Shelf]
*These infrared photographs from hockey games are very creepy. [SB Nation]
*And finally, Hershey Bears goaltender David Leggio does a great impression of Pierre McGuire. It's hilarious. [Puck Daddy]