Roussel picked up his first career hat trick in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Lightning. The hat trick was quite the surprise for the Dallas fan favorite, as he hasn't had a multi-point game dating back to Dec. 8. It was his first three-point performance since Oct. 31, 2015. Despite the three-goal night he is still best used only in the deepest of fantasy pools due to his inconsistency.
Roussel scored his eighth goal of the season during Thursday's loss to Ottawa. It was the first tally in eight games for Roussel, and with just a single assist during the drought, the feisty winger hasn't helped fantasy owners with much offense. His value continues to be tied to his frequent trips to the penalty box, as Roussel has 111 PIM for the campaign. Unless your seasonal league rewards penalties, he's a low-end option that's likely best left to the waiver wire.
Roussel (upper body) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Canadiens, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. Roussel was a game-time decision after missing the last four games with an upper-body ailment but it is now known that he'll return to action in the home matchup on a fourth line with Cody Eakin and Patrick Eaves. Prior to going down, the 27-year-old left winger picked up a goal and three assists in his last seven games.
Roussel (upper body) will take part in warm-ups Wednesday before a decision is made on his availability against Montreal. Roussel, who has missed the Stars' previous four outings, remains on injured reserve and will need to be activated in order to suit up. If he responds well to pregame, the winger would likely bump Adam Cracknell or Devin Shore from the lineup. Given his extended absence, coach Lindy Ruff may ease him back into action, rather than slotting him onto the power play where he has averaged 1:33 of ice time per night this year.
Roussel (upper body) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. While Roussel remains on injured reserve, this is certainly a step in the right direction. If the winger continues to make progress, it is certainly conceivable that he will be cleared in time for Wednesday meeting with Montreal. With injuries still hampering the Stars, getting back the 27-year-old would certainly be a boon on offense.
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