UPDATE: It sounded like the outlook was grim for Dupuis, and Friday afternoon, the team announced the forward will undergo ACL surgery, and could miss the rest of the season.
Dupuis going to have ACL knee surgery. May be out for rest of the season. Timetable unknown #Pens— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 27, 2013
The Penguins have dealt with adversity quite well this season. Losing a number of key players like Evgeni Malkin, Tomas Vokoun, and just about all their defensemen, Pittsburgh is being dealt another tough blow, as Pascal Dupuis is the latest Penguin to go down with an injury.
On Monday, Dupuis was injured when teammate Sidney Crosby was checked into him. While Crosby returned to that game against the Senators, Dupuis did not, and if you watch a replay of the hit, you can see his knee buckle under Crosby when the two collide. And while there's been no official team update regarding Dupuis' lower body injury, the Penguins did announce they recalled Harry Zolnierczyk from the AHL, and this update was given from TSN's Bob McKenzie.
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
Pittsburgh is currently the top team in the Eastern Conference, and number three overall in the NHL. But if Dupuis misses extended time, which all indications point toward, it will be interesting to see if Pittsburgh can withstand yet another injury. The Penguins travel to Carolina to take on the Hurricanes Friday night.