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Tuesday Morning Fly By: Halfway already?!

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

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*Tomorrow will mark the halfway point of the Flyers' season and, against all odds, they're kinda hanging in this thing. [Sons of Penn]

*If the Flyers want to remain in the hunt, though, they'll have to be better during this upcoming run of games against Eastern Conference opponents. [CSN Philly]

*In case you haven't noticed, Sean Couturier is having himself a nice little season. Like, Selke Trophy nice. [BSH]

*On R.J. Umberger, Andrew MacDonald, potential trades and the CBA. [Pattison Ave]

*One thing that has kept the Flyers competitive this year is Ron Hextall's willingness to waive and demote players who aren't earning their spot. [Flyerdelphia]

*How Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth are making the goalie tandem work. [Courier-Post]

*Robert Hagg was a healthy scratch in Allentown over the weekend, so something's up there. [BSH]

*Shayne Gostisbehere spoke with the media for the first time since being injured. [Flyers]

*You know how Travis Konecny was traded from the Ottawa 67s to Sarnia last week? That's because he's totally going to be a Flyer next year, get psyched. [BSH]

*A look at who deserves the Vezina trophy at the midway point of the season. [Sportsnet]

*John Scott on what the All-Star game means to him. [Puck Daddy]

*Thank the gods Down Goes Brown is back. His weekend wrap-up includes some thoughts on the recent trades and Alex Ovechkin's general awesomeness. [Vice Sports]

*Speaking of Ovi, any interview with him is worth a watch, he's a delight. [Caps Red Line]

*Ryan Whitney tells us what it's like to play hockey in Russia, and it's a great read. [The Players' Tribune]

*And finally, why the NHL needs to shorten its review process. [TSN]