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Thursday Morning Fly By: Will the Flyers have a whale of a time tonight?

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

Vancouver Canucks v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

* Or is it ... an orca of a time? I don’t know. I like to think it’s just a whale. In any case, the Flyers play the Vancouver Canucks tonight! To celebrate, here’s a years-old piece about Vancouver’s jersey history. Shoulda kept the Flying V. [NHL.com]

* Anywho, there will likely be a change or two in the lineup for tonight’s game against said orcas whales, says Dave Hakstol: [CSN Philly]

* But first let’s wrap up from Tuesday’s game against Buffalo with some observations, because I know we’re all dying to talk more about that gem of an outing: [BSH]

* Ron Hextall talked a bit about the Flyers’ struggles to score of late: [Philly.com]

* Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber discussed Saturday’s alumni game, saying it will be their last ones: [Philly.com]

* 41 years ago yesterday, the Flyers sent Valeri Kharlamov and the Soviet Red Army packing out of the Spectrum. Here’s a short video of that highlight: [Twitter]

* Elsewhere in the NHL, the big news last night was Alex Ovechkin’s 1000th career NHL point, scored in a win over Pittsburgh: [SBNation.com]

* With the NHL stealing “bye weeks” from the NFL, here are some other ideas they should steal: [The Hockey News]

* Did one of this past summer’s biggest trades — no, not that one, the other one — throw off the market for this season when it comes to trades? [Sportsnet]

* Pavel Datsyuk will be back in town for All-Star weekend, which likely means he’ll (unsurprisingly) be on the NHL’s Top 100 list: [PHT]

* Speaking of All-Star weekend, the NHL released its All-Star Game jerseys and I think they’re cool? [NHL.com]

* On the questions the Avalanche face about their core and their future, as another season falls apart for them: [Puck Daddy]

* Finally, hey, did you listen to this week’s BSH Radio yet? If not, you should! If so, you should listen to it again! Go ahead and click the play button on the Soundcloud player below this post.