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James Neal is one of the few Penguins forwards still healthy.
When the Penguins roll into Carolina tonight to take on the Hurricanes for the second game of a four game road trip, they will most likely re-gain the services of winger Tanner Glass, as well as defenseman Brooks Orpik, who has been sidelined since early December with a concussion.
However, they will be without the services of 1st-line winger Pascal Dupuis, who left Monday’s 5-0 loss to the Senators with an undisclosed lower body injury. If I had to guess, I would venture that Dupuis either pulled or tore a tendon in his knee, just the most recent in a long list of debilitating injuries for this Penguins unit. While he has not been formally diagnosed yet, the general concuss is that he will miss a significant amount of time, however just exactly how long we won’t know until Dupuis is further evaluated by team doctors.
Dupuis’ absence throws another wrench into an already decimated Penguins roster, and one that will most certainly have some dramatic effects on line combinations for the foreseeable future, starting with tonight’s contest with the Hurricanes.
A stab at lines:
As reported from the Pens morning skate, line rushes were as follows:
Kunitz-Crosby-Vitale/Conner-Jokinen-Neal/ Zolnierczyk-Sutter-Kobasew/ Glass-Sill-Adams
And the ‘D’ pairings:
Orpik-Engelland/ Niskanen-Maatta /Bortuzzo-Despres /Scuderi-Dumoulin
You know your team is in dire straits when Joe Vitale is you first line winger playing with Sidney Crosby. Sigh.
Evgeni Malkin skated, but is unlikely to play tonight.
Hopefully, Pittsburgh will be able to rebound from the shutout loss in Ottawa in Monday night. Young guns Olli Maata, Simon Despres, and Robert Bortuzzo have been great, the return of Orpik to the blue-line will certainly ease some of the pressure, but with Dupuis gone any return to normalcy is essentially a wash.
Scouting the Hurricanes:
Carolina is also a team that is no stranger to injury. After the morning skate, the team announced that forward Jiri Tlusty would sit out tonight’s contest after an appendectomy, and that they would be going with backup goalie Justin Peters in net.
Carolina currently sits 7th in the Metro-terrible division with 36 points, and as a testament to just how bad the Eastern Conference is, are only seven points out of the wildcard spot for the playoffs. The Penguins have won their only two previous meeting with the Canes this year, by scores of 5-2 and 3-1 respectively.
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Credit: Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been one of Pittsburgh’s most durable players the past two seasons. He played in every single regular season game during those years. Unfortunately, that will not happen again in 2013-14. The team announced today that Dupuis will be out indefinitely after injuring his knee on Monday night in Ottawa against...
Penguins 4 Hurricanes 3 (OT)
By: Meesh Shanmugam (@HockeyMeesh)
Crosby (21) from Neal, Maatta
Conner (4) from Jokinen, Neal
Engelland (3) from Orpik, Jokinen
Neal (11) from Jokinen, Engelland
First Goal Against (Sekera)
Drayson Bowman picks up the puck in the Hurricanes zone and skates it to center ice before dumping it into the left corner of the Penguins...
Sure, those 31 saves Marc-Andre Fleury made were important.
The Penguins' 4-3 overtime victory Friday night against Carolina at PNC Arena simply would not have been possible without them.
But Fleury's biggest contribution might have been an uncredited assist he earned with a split-second decision in the first minute of the extra period, for it allowed teammate James Neal...
The Pittsburgh Penguins go blown out on Monday night. They're hoping the same isn't true about Pascal Dupuis' knee.The veteran left winger took some friendly fire early in the match when Ottawa Senators' defenseman Marc Methot sent Penguins' center Sidney Crosby flying with a huge hip check on open ice, spinning into Dupuis and taking him out at the knees...
Ray Shero may be one of the best General Managers the NHL has seen in the last several years, drafting well, trading better and somehow getting the best player in the world to sign under his worth for the rest of his career (Crosby, $8.7 mil per year till 2021). Last season he pulled Jerome Iginla from a surefire deal with the Bruins and didn’t deal a single roster player as he...
Pascal Dupuis, the Penguins’ first-line right winger, has a severe knee injury and could miss the rest of the regular season.
Coach Dan Bylsma updated Dupuis’ condition after the team’s game-day skate at PNC Arena.
He said 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...
In case you missed it from Monday Pascal Dupuis's knee got jacked...
Looks like Bobby Mac knows it isn't good.
I imagine PIT will update specifics of Pascal Dupuis' LBI soon but I'm hearing it's not good at all. Pens plagued by injury this season.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) December 27, 2013
Yikes. Dupuis wasn'...
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By: Melissa Esing (Off_thepost)
Photo Credit: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
Throughout the 2013-2014 NHL season, I’ll be posting player features each Friday. This week, we’re going to take a look at Matt Niskanen.
It’s been quite a rough season when it comes to the injury-prone Pittsburgh Penguins. This has been a stressful time period for both players and fans. This...
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…Read more →The post Pittsburgh Penguins: Pascal Dupuis suffers knee injury appeared first on The Hockey Daily.
Bylsma says Dupuis will be having ACL surgery, might miss rest of season.
— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) December 27, 2013
If you missed how the injury occurred, you can watch it here...
Pascal Dupuis is going to have ACL surgery and he may miss the rest of the season.
From the Penguins:
Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis will undergo ACL surgery for his knee and could miss the rest of the season.
Dupuis, 34, suffered the ACL injury Monday night in Ottawa after Sidney Crosby fell into his knee following a hip check from Senators defenseman Marc Methot.
By : Joe Depto (@JoeDepto)
When Pascal Dupuis’ knee buckled in a multi-player collision during Pittsburgh’s 5-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night, the Penguins’ immediate fear was to hear the most dreaded three letters in most athlete’s lexicon when it comes to lower body injuries : ACL.
Today, as the Penguins announced Dupuis’ need to undergo ACL surgery,...
Here’s the thing with the Penguins right now. They have six of the same player: Adams, Harry Z, Vitale, Glass, Conner, and Kobasew. While it isn't the greatest thing to watch, you know what you are getting. They limit the mistakes, they aren't horribly unreliable, and they can hang with low-end teams like the Canes. Those six players give...
Sidney Crosby had his 10 game point streak snapped against the Ottawa Senators in the blowout loss prior to the Christmas break. More importantly he lost a liberate. Crosby has been the only center on the roster to play with the same guys all season on what us arguably the best line in hockey. That…