Roussel Back in Tonight vs. Rangers

Friday, 01.10.2014 / 1:31 PM CT / Inside Edge
By Mark Stepneski
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Roussel Back in Tonight vs. Rangers

Forward Antoine Roussel, a healthy scratch in last night’s game against the New Jersey Devils, will be back in the lineup tonight when the Dallas Stars take on the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Stars coach Lindy Ruff said he sat Roussel last night because of some of the penalties the Stars forward has taken recently.

“I’ve talked to Rous twice and it really is about I want him to stay away from the type of penalties he has been taking,” Ruff said. “I really think it hurt our lineup not having his energy in. He’s done a good job on the offensive side. He’s done a good job against some top lines. I told him as much as it hurt him to be out, it hurt me to take you out because I think it hurts our team. We need the way he plays, we need the speed of his game but the penalties were getting out of hand. His focus inside the game needs to be directed on the style we need him to play.

“He understands. I really like this kid. He’s a great kid. It’s a work in progress. He’s made a great transition [to the NHL]. He’s also a marked man, which I am trying to help him with. He gets no slack. He’s got a target on his back when it comes to just marginal calls, and he has to understand that.”

Defenseman Aaron Rome, who has missed the last two games with an upper body injury, will be back in the lineup as well tonight.

“He had a couple good days of skating back in Frisco, a skate yesterday and we’ll put him back in,” Ruff said.

With Rome coming in, Kevin Connauton is the likely scratch on defense. Dustin Jeffrey likely will be the forward to sit out tonight. Kari Lehtonen, who was superb last night against New Jersey, could be back in net again tonight as the Stars try to end their four-game losing streak.

Friday’s game

Who: Dallas Stars at New York Rangers
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Madison Square Garden
TV: Fox Sports Southwest Plus (Click here for channel listings)
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

Stars projected lineup

Jamie BennTyler SeguinValeri Nichushkin
Erik ColeCody EakinRich Peverley
Ray WhitneyVernon FiddlerAlex Chiasson
Antoine RousselShawn HorcoffRyan Garbutt

Alex GoligoskiTrevor Daley
Brenden DillonJordie Benn
Aaron RomeSergei Gonchar

Kari Lehtonen
Dan Ellis

Rangers projected lineup

Chris Kreider - Derek Stepan - Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin - Brad Richards - Ryan Callahan
Benoit Pouliot - Derick Brassard - Mats Zuccarello
Brian Boyle - Dominic Moore - Daniel Carcillo

Ryan McDonagh - Dan Girardi
Marc Staal - Anton Stralman
John Moore - Michael Del Zotto

Henrik Lundqvist
Cam Talbot

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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