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Thursday Morning Fly By: This Panthers game will have more than 48 people in attendance.

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

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*Panthers again tonight, this time at home. Here's hoping for something resembling a good effort tonight. Check back for a preview!

*There will be some adjusting tonight as Michael Raffl has gone down for SIX WEEKS with an injury. Ugh. [BSH]

*So with Raffl down, there was an open spot on the top line to fill. Craig Berube chose...Chris VandeVelde? [Hockeybuzz]

*Giroux, Voracek, & Vandy spoke about their new line. [Flyers]

*Ron Hextall spoke with the media after the win against the Oilers Tuesday night. [Flyers]

*In defense of Steve Mason. [Pattison Ave]

*Apparently Berube is trying to "jump-start" R.J. Umberger. Spoiler alert: it isn't working. [Inquirer]

*The Penguins have extended Marc-Andre Fleury, which is great news for everyone. [ProHockeyTalk]

*The NHL wants you to know that none of its teams are tanking for Connor McDavid. [Puck Daddy]

*In case you were wondering, Sean Avery is still a major jackass. [The Score]

*Vegas has updated their Stanley Cup odds and it looks the Flyers are less of a good bet than they were before. [On The Forecheck]

*Gordie Howe's family offers an update on his health; things are looking good, thankfully. [ProHockeyTalk]

*On the evolution of the NHL numbers game. [Rolling Stone]

*And finally, this is cool. Just watch it. You'll see. [TSN]

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