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Monday Morning Fly By: The long break strikes again.

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

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*The Flyers really do not play well coming off a long break. And the long breaks always seems to come as soon as they're starting to get it together. As such, they dropped Saturday's game in Nashville, with Peter Laviolette watching like a smug ex-boyfriend whose new girlfriend is hotter and funnier. Sigh. RECAP!

*The boys are back on the ice tonight in Arizona to take on the Coyotes at 9PM. Check back this afternoon for a preview.

*Taking a look at the Perds game by the numbers. [Buzz On Broad]

*We might get Steve Mason back tonight. If he's 100%, that cannot be a bad thing. [Courier-Post]

*In fact, it looks like Mase has been cleared to play. He spoke post-practice. [Flyers]

*One thing was absolutely clear Saturday night: the Flyers must fix their penalty kill. And fast. [Daily News]

*Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek have emerged as one of the best duos in the NHL this season. [Flyers]

*On playing a physical game without a traditional "enforcer". [Inquirer]

*Samuel Morin did some crazy things to get ready for their World Juniors while recovering from a broken jaw. [Daily News]

*Pierre-Edouard Bellemare left the ice early after crashing into the board during practice yesterday afternoon, but plans on playing tonight. [Inquirer]

*The Phantoms won yet another shootout over the weekend. Perhaps Berube should take a look at how Terry Murray practices the shootout.... [BSH]

*The New Jersey Devils fired their coach Friday afternoon and replaced him with a weird two-manned coaching team. [ProHockeyTalk]

*Puck Daddy's year end countdowns continue with the top ten best fan moments of the year and the ten most heartwarming moments of 2014.

*It's the most listiest time of the year, so please enjoy the best trades of 2014 and also the worst trades of 2014 from the fine people over at Sportsnet.

*And finally, one last list, the top 15 NHL stories from the past calendar year. [USA Today]