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Thursday Morning Fly By: Quack quack, Mr. Ducksworth.

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

Drew Hallowell

*Anaheim Ducks tonight at 10PM. Get your coffee and apples ready, it's going to be a long night. Preview this afternoon!

*The Flyers will need Steve Mason to play like he did on Tuesday night if they want to have a shot at winning these West Coast games. [Flyers]

*Adam Hall has quietly been one of the Flyers' most valuable players this season. []

*The Flyers have a bit of a problem when it comes to Nicklas Grossmann. [BSH]

*Chris VandeVelde was placed on waivers yesterday, meaning Zac Rinaldo is back. [Flyers]

*Shayne Gostisbehere continues to impress. [SB Nation College Hockey]

*Andrej Meszaros is both excited and concerned about playing in Sochi. []

*Participating in the Olympics opens up the NHL to a whole slew of potential losses. [Inquirer]

*A look at why a talented-on-paper team like the L.A. Kings struggles to score. [SBN]

*The toughest players in hockey aren't the facepunchers. Not by a long shot. [Backhand Shelf]

*Brad Marsh on the changes that have been made in the league since his playing days that he actually likes. [Hockeybuzz]

*Oh hey, another outdoor game was played last night. How thrilling. [SBN]

*And finally, Wayne Gretzky told Conan O'Brien that Bob Clarke had the most influence on his playing style. [Team Coco]