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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Seriously, guys?

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

Jim McIsaac

*Remember being a kid and going to The Franklin Institute (or your local science museum) and they had that thing where you fling a ball around this circle, and at first the ball is going really fast and stays up high but eventually it slows and spirals down into the hole at the bottom? Yeah. That game was like that. Recaps: [BSH] [Flyers Faithful] [Inquirer]

*The Flyers did something awesome and surprised some of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation kids in Kensington the other day. [CSN Philly]

*Wither Kimmo Timonen? [The Checking Line]

*The Flyers are lucky to be as close in the standing as they are...[Inquirer]

*...but really they're lucky that the Metro Division is just horribly, horribly bad. Who saw that coming? [In Lou We Trust]

*ASF looks ahead at the Flyers upcoming schedule and likes what he sees. [Flyers]

*SB Nation has released its power rankings and the Western Conference is doing much better than the East thus far. Good news, Flyers aren't last! [SBN]

*Seven candidates who have improved their chances at an Olympic bid and seven who have done the opposite. []

*On the role that fatigue plays (or doesn't play) in a goalie's shootout performance. [Fear the Fin]

*The value of zone entries as a hockey stat, from the player's perspective. [Backhand Shelf]

*Sidney Crosby is confident that the concussion problem in sports will be resolved sooner rather than later. [Puck Daddy]

*On the way that outshooting the opponent affects a team's likelihood of winning. [mc79hockey]

*In light of the horrifically bad start to this Flyers season, just how important is a hot start in the NHL? [Grantland]