Stars defenseman Jamie Oleksiak isn’t the only guy making his NHL debut Friday night at American Airlines Center. So is center Antoine Roussel, who was called up from the Texas Stars on Wednesday along with Oleksiak.
“It’s exciting. The boys have been good to me so far,” Roussel said. “I am excited to get that first one out of the way.”
Roussel was on the Dallas roster until the morning of the season opener against Phoenix. Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said at the time he expected to see Roussel back, and now he is.
“I was ready for the (call), but I wasn’t expecting it,” Roussel said. “It was fun to get the call and to have that kind of opportunity. I want to try to make the most out of it.”
Roussel will center the fourth line with Brenden Morrow and Ryan Garbutt. And what is Gulutzan looking for from Roussel?
“Energy,” Gulutzan said. “I am sure he is going to have a lot of it tonight. Every game I’ve seen him play he’s had it, in training camp here he had it every day. He was in game mode this morning. I don’t know if he caught a pass, but he was flying out there. I am sure he is going to bring us some energy and he is going to have it full bore tonight.”
*Jamie Oleksiak will be paired with Alex Goligoski to start tonight’s game, but Gulutzan said he could adjust the pairs during the game. Tonight’s other defense pairings will be Brenden Dillon-Stephane Robidas, and Jordie Benn-Trevor Daley.
*Aaron Rome and Philip Larsen will be the scratches on defense. Tom Wandell will be the scratch at the forward spot.
*Kari Lehtonen gets the nod in goal tonight. Gulutzan said he’ll make a decision on Saturday’s goaltender after tonight’s game.
Injury update: Roy skates
Stars center Derek Roy, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, skated Friday morning, but he will not play in either game this weekend.
“It was great to get back on the ice with the guys and test it out,” Roy said. “I tried some stops and starts today, and it feels really good. I’ve just got to get my conditioning back up and work on conditioning it.”
Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said there is 80 percent chance Roy can play Monday in Colorado.
Goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp (groin) skated as well Friday. He is listed as day-to-day.
Stars projected lineup
Injuries: Roy (groin), Nilstorp (groin)
Scratches: Larsen, Rome, Wandell