The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without Pascal Dupuis for the remainder of the NHL season.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says top-line forward Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. After the team’s game-day skate Friday before their game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Bylsma said Dupuis will have surgery “in a couple of weeks” to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.
“It’s likely that it might end his season,” Bylsma said.
Dupuis hurt his right knee during the Penguins’ loss at Ottawa on Monday when March Methot of the Senators hit Sydney Crosby, sending him into Dupuis.
Dupuis, a Quebec native, is a 12-year veteran to the league and spent time with the Minnesota Wild and New York Rangers before heading to Pittsburgh. He’s played in 837 games, and has 182 goals with 212 assists in his career. Last year, he had a career high 14.3 shooting percentage.
He has seven goals with 13 assists in the 39 games that he has played this season. He will be replaced on the top line by center Joe Vitale, who has one goal and ten assists so far this season.
The Penguins will likely have to continue their dominance in the Metropolitan Division without Dupuis. The team is 5th overall in goals per game with 3.1.
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