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Thursday Morning Fly By: It can only go up from here...right?

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

Paul Bereswill

*Devils tonight. Maybe a repeat of Saturday's game? And by that I mean a win. An ugly, ugly win. Official preview here, check back for the BSH preview this afternoon.

*Got some good news yesterday; Steve Downie skated with the team. [Flyers]

*And then bad news when we learned they recalled Kris Newbury and sent McGinn back to the mountains. WHY? [Flyers]

*Seravalli on what the Flyers should do now (video). [Philly.com]

*ASF and Meltzer on Mason's excellence and the point the Flyers tossed away on Tuesday night. [Flyers] [Hockeybuzz]

*BSHer RiskyBryzness put together a screenshot-by-screenshot analysis of the last couple of minutes of that Carolina Hurricanes game, if you want to see where it all fell apart. We've also got an excellent scoring chance summary from the last Flyers/Devils game from BSHer RedWire. Some good insight heading into tonight's game.

*Obviously Claude Giroux is still struggling; also the Flyers have the worst offense in the league hooray. [Inquirer]

*Scott Hartnell is finally on the score sheet. It hasn't taken him this long to score his first since the 2007-2008 season. [Philly.com]

*A look back at a classic Flyers game against the Maple Leafs in 1969. [BSH]

*Martin Brodeur wants to win a Cup in his final season, even if it means leaving New Jersey. [SB Nation]

*Thirty Thoughts, including the Downie/Talbot trade, the bad no-goal call in the Sharks-Sabres game, and the possibility of a "Ray Emery Rule". [CBC]

*The Olympic jerseys for Team Finland have been released; they're essentially wearing a giant Finnish flag. [Puck Daddy]

*Speaking of, let's run down a ranking of all the Olympic jerseys we've seen thus far. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

*How age factors into an NHL contract decision. [SB Nation]

*A cool look into the life of a well-traveled NHL veteran. [Hockeybuzz]

*And finally, some videos of current NHL stars playing while they were children. It's cute. [The Leafs Nation]