Pascal Dupuis didn’t practice for the Pittsburgh Penguins this morning, which isn’t particularly good news considering he left Wednesday’s contest against the New York Rangers in the second period and did not return. The Penguins have disclosed no details on how or when Dupuis was injured, and called this morning’s skate a “maintenance day” for the forward.
We’ll see how he continues to do [today] and toward the weekend for Saturday’s game. At this point in time, it’s not more than that.
Losing Dupuis would just be another fitting piece in the story that has been the 2013-14 season for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
James Neal took part in his first full practice with teammates since early October this morning. That good news is watered down a bit by the fact that Dupuis was forced to watch practice from the sidelines while in street clothes.
Beau Bennett is also out for the Penguins. He’s close to returning—as is Neal—but if Dupuis can’t go against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the Penguins will be skating without half of their top six and one of their top defensemen in Brooks Orpik.
Pittsburgh continues to manage to win hockey games despite the lengthy list of names on the IR, but sooner or later the injuries could catch up with them. Especially against a team like the Blues.
St. Louis is one of the few teams as deep as Pittsburgh when the Penguins have all of their players in the lineup. Missing several key pieces could make Saturday’s contest a trick affair for the Pens though. While there’s no cause for immediate concern for Dupuis, seeing another injured player on the sidelines just isn’t a positive for Pittsburgh moving forward.