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

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

*The Flyers' Tuesday night win against the Penguins was fun and all, but is this another case of a long break killing any possible momentum? [CSN Philly]

*The Nerd Report from the game reveals a win we should all take with a grain of salt. [BSH]

*A broader look at the fancystats from the game is a little more fun. [Buzz On Broad]

*One thing we all seem to agree on: Zac Rinaldo is a giant waste of a roster spot at this point. [BSH]

*...momentum changing hit and all. [Pattison Ave]

*Rinaldo will have his hearing with Player Safety on Monday afternoon. [BSH]

*Ron Hextall shared updates on the status of Steve Mason and Kimmo Timonen. [Flyers]

*Friedman's latest Thirty Thoughts include one of those familiar looks at the Flyers' defensive core that we're all too familiar with. [Sportsnet]

*We've nothing to look forward to until Friday's All-Star fantasy draft, so let's see who Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones picked in their mock draft. [ProHockeyTalk]

*On corsi, shooting percentages, and coaching changes. [Hockey Analysis]

*A quick look at how the "loser point" affects the NHL standings. [NHL Numbers]

*The Las Vegas NHL expansion fee will probably end up being huuuuuge. [Puck Daddy]

*A primer on PDO and normal distributions. [Pension Plan Puppets]

*Canadian engineers have created the world's strongest hockey stick. [TSN]

*How far will the Canadian dollar fall before it affects next year's cap? [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, the Flyers are just the dirtiest, cheapest, most violent team ever. Unless you count the Penguins. [BSH]