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Thursday Morning Fly By: Let the playoff push begin!

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

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*...or not. Recap from last night's debacle, in which bad things happen and good things do not: [BSH]

*So we are days away from the big outdoor game against the Penguins and uh...we might be another day away. Because it's going to be warm and rainy. [BSH]

*Mark Streit makes this list of in-demand rental defensemen as the trade deadline approaches. [ESPN]

*Michael Del Zotto is also aware of his status as potential trade target. [CSN Philly]

*Teams around the league are holding special events related to the "Hockey Is For Everyone" initiative, but the Flyers seem to be absent from any festivities. [BSH]

*The Phantoms are very likely to break their very long playoff drought this season and hoo boy that is exciting. [The Morning Call]

*Ron Hextall will certainly have to face some decisions ahead of Deadline Day. [Courier-Post]

*Of course, Ron isn't the only one. Here are four other teams who face the toughest choices this season. [The Hockey News]

*The teams that choose to buy might end up being an interesting bunch this year. [Vice Sports]

*It seems the the one team certain to be inactive at the deadline is the team that doesn't actually exist yet. [ProHockeyTalk]

*And finally, on the man made famous by making a call on a Nick Bonino goal. Love this dude. [The Players' Tribune]