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The Bolts have a showdown with the Leafs.

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Maple Leafs (33-19-5) vs. Lightning (38-14-3)

7:00 pm ET
TV: TSN 4 (blackouts in effect)

Our game preview with lineups is here.

So. It's been a pretty quiet day on the Leafs news front, eh? Not much happening. Business as usual. Nothing causing a Twitter firestorm, right?

EXCEPT THIS!

Here's some free PR advice for Maple Leafs management: when you hold an unprompted press conference to publicly announce "There's no illegality" about your actions, the first thing everyone thinks is that you're lying. Lamoriello might as well be Nixon here saying " I am not a crook!" Next time, say nothing.

MLSE, please remit $50.00 for my free advice. Make the cheque payable to "CASH" as I can't have a paper trail linking me to you discussing how not to look like your are doing anything untoward.

ICYMI

The Optimist/Pessimist Take On The Leafs Signing John Tavares - Fulemin
Can the Leafs land a second franchise centre? Will Lighthouse Hockey try to kill us for writing this?

Martin is done as a Maple Leaf, so what do they do with him? - elseldo
It appears that the team has moved on halfway through Matt Martin's four year deal.

Marlies Recap: 5-2 win over B-Devils - Hardev
Where will Nikita Soshnikov be living as of Tuesday? What will Andreas Borgman add to his arsenal? Can Andreas Johnsson just get called up already?

Belleville’s Mike Blunden suspended for hit to the head on Borgman - Katya
The incident occurred, as seems to be traditional, in Andreas Borgman’s first AHL game.

THE SOUNDTRACK

Names you will recognize tonight include hometown boy Steven Stamkos, ex-Leaf Anton Stralman, and all around dirt-bag Jake Dotchin. This is not good. The Leafs are going to need to be physical here. This could be the team they face in the playoffs.

Here is some music to get you in the mood for the game.