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

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*We’ve got a couple of days here before madness sets in, so let’s take this time to focus on something very important: Claude Giroux absolutely deserves to be the MVP of this league this year. Objectively. By the numbers. Tell your friends. [BSH]

*Claude Giroux, who is ready to lead his own parade down Broad Street. []

*Now, let’s take a look around the Eastern Conference and see who we need to worry about. []

*Since we’re lucky enough to watch him play every night, we’re all very aware of Ivan Provorov’s remarkable talent. As he hits the national stage for the playoffs, everyone else is going to become aware too. [NBC Sports Philly]

*The Pens fans are trying to learn about the players they’re going to grow to hate over the next couple of weeks, and first on their list was Nolan Patrick. [Pensburgh]

*Wayne Simmonds, on Willie O’Ree and the inspiration he found in the NHL’s first black player when he was a young man with a dream. [The Players’ Tribune]

*Lest you forget that Dave Hakstol isn’t getting fired, probably ever. []

*Settle in for a couple of days of first round previews, friends. Charlie took a look at the challenges facing the Flyers heading into this series, and what’s cool is the Flyers actually match up well with the Penguins in a few key places. If Dave Hakstol doesn’t screw it up, that is. [The Athletic]

*There’s some stuff to overcome, of course, as highlighted in this preview of the series. [Sportsnet]

*And the folks at Sportsnet have previews set for each first round series, might come in handy if you’re filling out your brackets today. [Sportsnet]

*The Phantoms added some players yesterday, which is cool. [Phantoms Hockey]

*Speaking of, this week’s prospect report will fill you in on how the rest of the team is doing up in Allentown. [BSH]

*Why your team won’t win the Stanley Cup. [ProHockeyTalk]

*No, really, this is why your team is garbage and is absolutely not going to win the Cup. [Vice Sports]

*Our own Steph Driver kicked off a bit of fun on twitter yesterday that resulted in some good-natured ribbing of Sidney Crosby. [USA Today]

*And finally, the Flyers released their official playoff hype video yesterday and ooooooh baby, you will be hyped whether you like it or not. [BSH]