Morning Mashup: The Final Two

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Click to visit the presale on Marlie playoff tickets.

Tonight the Leafs host the Tampa Bay Lightning in their final home game of the season before wrapping up the 2011-12 season at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday. It’s tough to stay enthusiastic given the season was all but over ten-plus games ago, but try to enjoy your final 120 minutes of Leaf hockey until next October.

If you want to get your hands on Marlies tickets for Games 1 and/or 2 of the first playoff round, there is a presale happening today between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at ticketmaster.ca.

Links after the jump.

MORNING LINKS:

Now the Maple Leaf GM has a persecution complex
From Michael Langlois at Vintage Leaf Memories.

We’re all Marlies fans now
From Danny Gray at The Leafs Nation.

A reminder of the NHL lottery odds as they currently stand, looking ahead to next Tuesday
At sixth last with 78 points, the Leafs have a 6.2% of winning the lottery. If they fall behind the Islanders (77 points) and the Ducks (78 points, but losing the tiebreaker), their chances would go up to 10.7%.

Carl Gunnarsson won’t play in the final two games
He suffered a shoulder separation from that Foligno hit. The big loss for Gunnar is his inability to participate in the World Championships for Sweden.

Darcy Tucker compares Leafs teams
If we’re still paying him, may as well get some analysis.

Leafs’ Frattin fits Carlyle’s style
He certainly looked good alongside Kessel and Bozak last game.

Backhand Shelf podcast
The crew discusses Luongo/Schneider, Crosby/Milbury and more.

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Alec Brownscombe is the founder and editor of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He's published five magazines on the team entitled "The Maple Leafs Annual" with distribution in Chapters and newsstands across the country. He also co-hosts "The Battle of the Atlantic," a weekly show on TSN1200 that covers the Leafs and the NHL in-depth. Alec is a graduate of Trent University and Algonquin College with his diploma in Journalism. In 2014, he was awarded Canada's Best Hockey Blogger honours by Molson Canadian. You can contact him at alec.brownscombe@mapleleafshotstove.com.