Roussel had a goal, a plus-1 rating and a pair of shots in Thursday's win over Winnipeg. Roussel is often rostered because he provides a ton of penalty minutes and much more offense than most guys with his PIM numbers often do. But his game has been on the cleaner side over the last five games. He has just a single minor penalty in that time. His 26 minutes through 15 games ranks 14th in the league.
Roussel (upper body) will be available Tuesday's tilt against the Maple Leafs but will be a coach's decision, Mark Stepneski of NHL.com reports. The upper-body injury that cost Roussel the past two games appears to be behind him, but coach Lindy Ruff indicated it was possible he'd scratch the winger anyway. If he doesn't slot back into the lineup, his next chance will come Thursday against the Jets.
Roussel (upper body) took the ice for warmups, but wasn't part of the team's line rushes, indicating he will sit out Sunday against the Red Wings, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Roussel was expected to rejoin the lineup for the contest, but it seems as though he's not quite ready yet. Alex Hemsky will instead draw into the lineup in his place, playing left wing alongside Vernon Fiddler and Colton Sceviour. Roussel's next chance to return will come Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
Roussel was held out of Friday's tilt against the Hurricanes with an upper-body injury, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports. With Ales Hemsky (hip) returning to the Stars' lineup Friday against Carolina, it was initially believed that Roussel was simply a healthy scratch for the contest. However, the team later revealed Roussel is actually dealing with an upper-body injury, which would have held him out of Friday's game regardless of Hemsky's availability. Roussel is being listed as day-to-day with the ailment, meaning he could draw back into Dallas' lineup as soon as Sunday against the Red Wings.
Roussel posted a goal, two assists and a season-high 16:01 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Sharks. It was a great game for Roussel, showcasing his offensive ability. The season-high ice time may have a little bit to do with him staying out of the penalty box. It was a rare instance of Roussel getting zero penalty minutes. If you're rostering him, you're probably banking on those penalty minutes. Enjoy the offense today, the penalties will be back soon enough.
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