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Thursday Morning Fly By: Big Poppa Mac edition

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

Columbus Blue Jackets v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

*We’ve got our old friend Bob and his Columbus Blue Jackets tonight. Here’s hoping the Flyers can build off of their first home win and string a few together here. [Philly.com]

*We learned at practice yesterday that Nolan Patrick is feeling good and should be well on his way back into the lineup. [Flyers]

*Andrew MacDonald and his wife had another baby Tuesday night! Mazel! But, allegedly, he was still a healthy scratch for performance. Not for baby things. Allegedly. [Courier-Post]

*About Tuesday night; here’s what we learned from the last-minute win. [BSH]

*Have you been wondering what John Boruk thinks about the Flyers’ decision to bring AMac back ahead of schedule? No? Well here it is anyway. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Tuesday night’s game was clearly more of a wild ride than we’ve seen from the Flyers this season, but it highlights the problem we’ve identified as The Big One: sure the Flyers can score goals, but they really can’t seem to stop goals. That needs to be fixed, and fast. [NBC Sports Philly]

*Obviously the big glaring turning point in that game was Wayne Simmonds’ lengthy trip to the penalty box. He can’t take penalties like this regularly. [Philly.com]

*It didn’t seem much like Dave Hakstol had some kind of magical coaching performance on Tuesday night that lead to...uh...a shootout win after choking on a 5-2 lead, but some would argue he did! [NBC Sports Philly]

*Perhaps you’ve noticed, but the Flyers give up the first goal WAY TOO OFTEN and WAY TOO EASILY. [BSH]

*Anyhoo, let’s check on the Phantoms, shall we? [BSH]

*We talked a bit earlier in the week about the NHL’s plan to essentially do nothing with their drug use policies now that Canada has legalized marijuana use. Here’s a super interesting read from a former player-turned-NHL-exec who used - and continues to use - and how he thinks it affects the league. [Sportsnet]

*The latest 31 Thoughts, which features a particular focus on player suspensions in the modern NHL and what they mean for the game. [Sportsnet]