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SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 04: Young fans play in an inflated Panther prior to the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center on March 4, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 04: Young fans play in an inflated Panther prior to the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center on March 4, 2012 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Predictions have been filed, the pundits have spoken, and anyone with a rooting interest in this series is closing in on spontaneous personal combustion given the anticipation a six-day layoff will produce. Let's do this!

Thursday's NHL Playoff Action

  • (1) NYR over (8) OTT, 4-2: Sens' Andy: 27 saves on 31 shots
  • (2) BOS over (7) WAS, 1-0 (OT): second period SOG: 17-2, Broons
  • (7) SJ over (2) STL, 3-2 (2OT): Havlat sinks Blues with two goals, including gamewinner
  • (3) PHX over (6) CHI, 3-2 (OT): Yotes' Smith: 43 saves

Ahead this evening

  • (5) Philadelphia at (4) Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. (NBC-SN): Flyers lead series 1-0
  • (5) Detroit at (4) Nashville, 7:30 (CNBC): Predators lead series 1-0
  • (8) Los Angeles at (1) Vancouver, 10:00 (NBC-SN): Kings lead series (and Twitterbombs) 1-0

On our end

  • Kevin's Preview hits at 2 p.m., followed by the LBC Game Thread at 6; earlier start times than usual as this playoff thing is a rather big deal for us. And because we can.
  • In Lou We Trust covers the Jersey side of this series. Follow SB Nation's Story Stream for further updates.
  • For those hitting the BAC tonight...doors open at 5:30, parking fees are now in effect for partial- and non-season seat holders, and "increased" security has been added (read: metal detectors and whatever else is employed these days that may or may not be Constitutionally valid). Full details from the club here.
  • Still holding out for the best deal on seats? TiqIQ may have the answer.
  • Curious: just how much has your daily routine changed this morning/afternoon in anticipation of tonight's game?