We might as well lead with the truth you've suspected all along: Antoine Roussel feeds on the disappointment of other teams, and their fans. Their sorrow is his Bat-suit, their tears the radioactive effluvium that gives him Spidey senses. Everything that kills them makes him stronger. It's the source of his superpowers, basically.
The Dallas Stars' marquee agitator does some of his best work against the Chicago Blackhawks, whom he's trolled so effectively over his career so far that he may as well be subletting space in their heads. Mike Heika talked to Rooster about his love for conflict:
"Honestly, this year, it has been fun at home because you can hear the Blackhawks fans and you want to make them be silent," Roussel said. "We did that last game, and that was fun. If people want to come in and cheer for the Blackhawks in Dallas, then it is fun to shut them down and send them home sad."
Roussel said he hears the crowd every game and feeds off of the cheers or boos.
"I like the energy, I need to hear the crowd and feel it," he said. "I know when they say "ohhh," or "oooo" I feel that."
There's much more at Heika's place. [SportsDayDFW]
On a more serious note: Rous' hometown of Roubaix is just a few miles from France's border with Belgium. On Tuesday he offered this message in response to the Brussels terror attacks.
Vraiment triste de se lever ce matin et de voir une autre vague de terreur.❤️ Very sad to see what happened in Brussels. #Bruxelles♥️— Antoine Roussel (@Rous_ant) March 22, 2016
And fellow Francophone Star Jason Demers simply posted this:
Brussels— jason demers (@jasondemers5) March 22, 2016
Melissa shared this link this yesterday, but it bears repeating.
The Stars took a rest day in Glendale as they prepare for tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes at 9 p.m. Central time. DBD will take care of you with gameday coverage – in the meantime, enjoy Lindy Ruff's press time with the local media.
And check out Mark Stepneski's overview of the race to win the Central Division. [Stars Inside Edge]
Never forget that the hockey world might have lost Jamie Benn to baseball. The former first baseman and outfielder found a sneaky way to get his teammates to make a side trip to Texas Rangers training camp. [SportsDayDFW]
There was no #MDK action last night, but the Central is hopping as Easter weekend approaches. Tonight's games:
- Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks, 7 p.m. Central time (tonight's free game on NHL.tv)
- Minnesota Wild vs. Calgary Flames, 7 p.m. Central time
- Winnipeg Jets vs. Los Angeles Kings, 7 p.m. Central time
- Colorado Avalanche vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 8 p.m. Central time
As the Stars prepare for battle against the Coyotes, hop over to The Players' Tribune to read about rookie supernova Max Domi and his daily fight to play with Type 1 diabetes.
Sean Hartnett has done the sums, and he says the New York Rangers need to let Keith Yandle drive if they want to make the playoffs.
Rangers are spending a lot of time chasing in their end, it's time to hand the keys to possession-driving Yandle: | https://t.co/lC0G1AG1Sa— Sean Hartnett (@HartnettHockey) March 14, 2016
Also at Sportsnet: Take a look at what #fancystats say about the NHL's best forechecking teams. [Sportsnet]
A Blackhawks prospect has been suspended indefinitely while he faces a felony charge under Illinois' revenge-porn law. [CBS Sports]
Maxime Lagace made 29 saves, but the Texas Stars gave up two power-play goals in last night's 2-0 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals.
Finally: Yesterday was National Puppy Day, and you know Tyler Seguin was down to celebrate. Enjoy his message from Cash and Marshall.