The injury woes continue for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The team announced Friday that forward Pascal Dupuis will undergo surgery to repair ACL damage in his right knee. No timetable was announced but it’s believed the injury will end the 34 year old’s season.
Dupuis was injured early in the first period of Monday’s loss to the Ottawa Senators when linemate Sidney Crosby fell on his right leg after being checked by Ottawa’s Marc Methot.
“The timetable is likely that he will be out for the remainder of the season, but we will see after the surgery in a couple of weeks,” siad Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.
Bylsma said Joe Vitale will replace Dupuis on the top line when Pittsburgh takes on Carolina on Friday.
Dupuis, who signed a four-year, $15-million contract in the summer, had been one of the Penguins top penalty killing forwards this season while also playing on the top line with Crosby and Chris Kunitz. He was Pittsburgh’s sixth leading scorer this season with seven goals and 20 points in 39 games this season.
“He is also a big part of that dressing room," added Bylsma. "That is part of what we will miss from Pascal.”
The Penguins are also without defensemen Kris Letang and Paul Martin; forwards Evgeni Malkin, Beau Bennett, Andrew Ebbett and Jayson Megna as well as goaltender Tomas Vokoun.
The Penguins did say defenseman Brooks Orpik had been activated. He has not played since suffering a concussion after being punched in the head by Boston’s Shawn Thornton earlier this month.
Despite losing more than 200 man games due to injury this season, the Penguins were leading the Eastern Conference heading into Friday night's action with 55 points in 39 games.
The Penguins also recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Friday. The Toronto native has a team leading 10 goals and 14 points in 21 games this season in the minor leagues. It’s the fourth time he’s been called up by the Penguins this season.