By Larry Snyder
There was a great sight for Pens’ fans Monday afternoon at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Pittsburgh Penguins right-wing Pascal Dupuis was back with his teammates at practice in Cranberry after a health scare during the Black and Gold’s recent road trip through Western Canada.
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward sat out contests against the Oilers in Edmonton and the Flames in Calgary following an undisclosed issue. According to Sam Kasan on the team’s website, Dupuis was held out of the match-ups as a safeguard due to experiencing indications of a blood clot.
It was difficult during the 2014-2015 campaign as the native of Laval Quebec was able to be in just 16 games. The doctor’s investigation came across a blood clot in his leg that journeyed to his lungs. He could not continue with the Black and Gold after being put on blood thinners for six months.
Head coach Mike Johnston told Kasan on the website, “(Dupuis) had a test this morning and was cleared to practice so that’s obviously a positive sign.” He participated on a line with Sidney Crosby and Beau Bennett during practice.
Dupuis, who will turn 37 in April, is set for one more medical assessment on Tuesday. If everything looks good, the veteran winger will be on the ice Wednesday when the Penguins (9-5-0, 18 points) clash with the Montreal Canadiens (13-2-1, 27 points) at CONSOL Energy Center. They get underway at 7:30 p.m. and you can catch every goal on the NBC Sports Network.
The second match-up of the two-game homestand is Friday, Nov. 13 when Pittsburgh battles Metropolitan Division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets (4-11-0, 8 points). The two squads meet at center ice at 7:00 p.m. and you can witness every puck drop on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
Down In The Minors: The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League reassigned Ty Loney last Thursday to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound forward from Valencia, Pennsylvania appeared in two games with WBS after being recalled on Saturday, Oct. 24. He had two assists.
In four contests with the Nailers this season, Loney has contributed three goals.