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Wednesday Morning Fly By: Big games today. Exciting stuff.

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

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Friendly, on-going reminder: Please keep all Olympics discussion to the Olympics post so that the Fly By can remain spoiler-free. Thanks!

*Yesterday's qualifiers in Sochi ended up being kind of exciting. Russia, Czech Republic, and first-time qualifiers Latvia and Slovenia move on to the quarterfinals. [SB Nation]

*Team USA will face Czech Republic today at noon. Sorry, Jakub Voracek. We are enemies now. [SBN]

*Despite having arguably the best top-6 in the Olympics, Russia is scoring less than expected. [Backhand Shelf]

*Meltzer wraps up Michael Raffl's Olympic performance, which was pretty good. [Hockeybuzz]

*The USA and Canada will meet to play for the women's hockey Gold on Thursday at noon. The two programs continue to dominate women's hockey, and there is nothing wrong with that. [Washington Post]

*The IIHF say that despite the lack of real challengers to the USA/Canada teams, women's hockey will never be removed from the Olympics. [ABC News]

*On the anxiety of the Canadian hockey fan. [SBN]

*The IIHF is going to change the dislodged net rule because of the USA-Russia game. [SBN] [Puck Daddy]

*About that game; Paul Stewart on the "controversial" no-goal call. [Hockeybuzz]

*The Olympic hockey tournament is always compared to the playoffs, which some argue are much, much better. [Daily News]

*Part Three of the "Where Are They Now" series focuses on the 2011-2012 Flyers. [BSH]

*The Flyers tell us their favorite Olympic memories. [Flyers]

*Midterm 25 Under 25: Robert Hagg. [BSH]

*The Phantoms were hit with some suspensions as a result of their late-game madness. [Phantoms Hockey]

*A look at how much defensemen contribute to a team’s shot generation, all the way back to 1967. [Hockey-Graphs]

*Should the NHL adopt an international-style shootout? [Puck Daddy]