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Monday Morning Fly By: Five’s not bad

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

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*The Flyers left California with five out of a possible six points, which given how things were going is pretty darn good! Sure, two of the three teams they played are a tire fire, but wins are wins. Here’s what we learned from Saturday’s late night OT loss. [BSH]

*Calvin Pickard got the start Saturday, which was unexpected. What was expected was the reason for it: Michal Neuvirth is hurt again. It’s kind of hilarious at this point. [Philly.com]

*Aaaaaand we found out yesterday that Brian Elliott might be hurt too. Because of course. [Philly.com]

*One player in particular who had a pretty nice trip out West was Ivan Provorov, who is looking much more like himself. [NBC Sports Philly]

*The defense as a whole is looking better actually, and so is Brian Elliott. These are very good things. [Philly.com]

*Meltzer gives us an in-depth look at Oskar Lindblom’s road to the NHL. [Flyers]

*Shortly after the Flyers left Los Angeles, the Kings relieved John Stevens of his duties as head coach. See Ron, it can be done! [ProHockeyTalk]

*Scott Gordon would like to make his way back to the NHL someday, but for now he’s enjoying his time as the coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. [Philly.com]

*Speaking of the kids, on taking the NCAA route rather than going pro and why it is a good choice for some players. [Courier-Post]

*And still speaking of the kids, we’ve projected their NHL equivalency through the end of October to get a handle on how well some of them are playing. [BSH]

*NHL goalies continue to complain about their new equipment. They are getting ouchies. [Yahoo Sports]

*There are some weird things going on at the NHL early this season, and here are ten of them you may not have known about. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally...sure, it’s Boruk, but still: Bobby Clarke was, and remains, the greatest Flyer of all time. [NBC Sports Philly]