The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that first-line winger Pascal Dupuis will miss significant time with a knee injury. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , the veteran will undergo ACL surgery in two weeks time.
Dupuis was having another strong season before the injury; he has recorded 20 points while providing solid two-way play, as usual. Replacing him on the top line will be a huge challenge for the Pens moving forward.
Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma told the Post:
“(Dupuis) will be going for ACL knee surgery in a couple of weeks and is out indefinitely. No timetable but likely that (he) might be out for the remainder of the season. We’ll see more after the surgery.”
Quote courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Read full article here.
The Penguins have struggled through a nasty spell of injuries over the last month. They are currently without Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik, Paul Martin, and Rob Scuderi to name a few.
There is never good news when a player suffers a long-term injury, however, the Penguins are in a position to control the damage better than most other teams would be if faced with the same circumstance. Pittsburgh are comfortably in control of a 17 point lead on third place in the Metropolitan Division. In other words, a meltdown of legendary volume would need to take place for the Penguins to miss the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) December 27, 2013