Pascal Dupuis could miss the remainder of the season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The forward was forced to leave the team’s contest against the Ottawa Senators on December 23 after Marc Methot sent Sidney Crosby flying into his chest. It appeared that Dupuis’ knee buckled during the collision, and the team is reporting that he might not play again this year.
Dupuis going to have ACL knee surgery. May be out for rest of the season. Timetable unknown #Pens
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 27, 2013
Needless to say, this is a big blow for a Pittsburgh team that has been taken apart by injuries all season long. For the most part, it’s been the defensemen that have struggled to stay healthy, but now the team could be down a top-line forward. Dupuis has struggled to produce like he has in seasons gone by, but he’s still an invaluable part of Pittsburgh’s attack.
He’s a beast down low, cycles well and possesses strong chemistry with Sidney Crosby.
The team hasn’t announced any recalls yet, but it stands to reason that they’ll be calling the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins for yet another reinforcement following this news. There’s no precise timetable, but the fact that the team is already saying he could be shut down doesn’t bode well for the Penguins or Dupuis.