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Thursday Morning Fly By: LET'S GO FLYERS!!!!

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

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*TODAY IS THE DAY. Batten down the hatches. Gird your loins. It's playoff time. Big news: Ray Emery will be in net. [BSH]

*Craig Berube addressed the media about the goalie situation; claims sitting Mason is "precautionary". In the playoffs. Sure ok. [Flyers]

*Emery also spoke with the media and says he's excited to get the opportunity to play in the playoffs. [Flyers]

*Previewing the series, which should effectively renew any Rangers hate we've been lacking. [SB Nation]

*Arguably, Steve Mason isn't the goalie the Flyers should be worried about. []

*Henrik Lundqvist, despite regular season greatness, has yet to prove himself in the playoffs. [CSN Philly]

*Jay Greenberg plays with the possible scenarios that could lead to a Flyers' victory. [Flyers]

*Let's take a look at what the other side is talking about ahead of tonight's game. [Blueshirt Banter]

*Meltzer looks at how the Flyers and Rangers lines match up. [Hockeybuzz]

*BSHer Andrew D. offers up part one of his full season review of scoring chances. [BSH]

*Luke Schenn is super excited about being in the playoffs for the first time in his career. [CSN Philly]

*Charlie looks at the emergence of the Streit-Grossmann defense pairing. [BSH]

*Playoff predictions from the BSH crew, ProHockeyTalk, & Backhand Shelf.

*Kerry Fraser on what to expect from officials in the playoffs. [TSN]

*A goalie on a hot streak isn't always the better goalie. [FiveThirtyEight]

*And finally, this cool map using facebook data to show which teams North America is voting for. You'll take issue with PA. [Sporting News]