Morning Mashup: Stars Aligned

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Following a couple day’s break, the Leafs are back in action tonight with a stop in Dallas. After allowing only one goal each to Washington and Tampa Bay in his last two starts, the oft-maligned Jonas Gustavsson seems to have found his game, his confidence, and perhaps the starting role. “The Monster” will tend the net for the third time in four games against a surprisingly good Stars’ team, one which hasn’t missed Brad Richards at all.

In a bit of an odd schedule quirk, the Leafs will not play a Saturday night game this week (instead, HNIC viewers will see Pittsburgh visit Montreal).  After tonight, the Leafs head to Anaheim for a Sunday night tilt against the Ducks — the first visit to Anaheim for Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner as members of the Leafs.

Morning links after the jump.

Leafs links:

Stars Fear Leafs’ Speed
Two teams unfamiliar with each other face off tonight.

Leafs’ Lupul One of NHL’s Early Success Stories
James Mirtle chats with Joffrey Lupul about the secret to his success this season.

Reimer Could Be Back in 10 Days
James Reimer discusses his recovery, and his excitement with a return on the horizon.

Dupuis on Dry Ice
Philippe Dupuis on the frustration of having no luck around the net.

“The Power of Will Can Overcome Anything”
The Leafs Nation Online posts the late Igor Korolev’s final interview.

NHL Links:

Minnesota Wild Sign 51 Year-old Backup
Yep. That happened.

Who Is and Isn’t Getting Hit in the NHL
An interesting look at the way hitting statistics are (and are not) recorded in the NHL