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Tuesday Morning Fly By: Talking 'bout playoffs. ...wait what?

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

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*Hey it's the Blue Jackets again tonight. Cool. Preview later today. Puck drops at 7.

*The Flyers are five points back from a playoff spot. Do we turn on the optimism now? [BSH]

*It was this maddeningly "successful" road trip that brought the playoff hopes back to life. [CSN Philly]

*Anthony Stolarz, we hardly knew ye. [BSH]

*Shayne Gostisbehere is almost ready to come back after suffering that torn ligament earlier in the year. [Courier-Post]

*The Flyers won Sunday night, but a look at the numbers reveals a pretty crappy effort against a really crappy team. [BSH]

*Projecting the future of prospect Radel Fazleev. [Pattison Ave]

*Speaking of prospects, Mark Alt deserves to get more consideration as a future Flyers blueliner. [Courier-Post]

*Is now the time to sell on Matt Read? [BSH]

*Ron Hextall talks strategy heading into deadline day. [Flyers]

*Speaking of deadline day, let's look back at the deals that happened last year that made the biggest impact. [NHL.com]

*DGB looks at who is buying and who is selling in his weekend wrap up. [Grantland]

*On hockey's most obfuscating stat. [Puck Daddy]

*Mike Richards talks life in the AHL. [Mayor's Manor]

*A KHL player you may not have heard of is garnering a lot of interest from NHL teams lately. [TSN]

*Why Connor McDavid may finally be the player worthy of being called "The Next One". [The Hockey Writers]

*And finally, an ECHL team had something called "Undie Sunday". It appeared to be a rousing success. [Puck Daddy]