By Larry Snyder
There was a welcome sight at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sunday practice at CONSOL Energy Center. Pascal Dupuis was back on the ice. It was his first time to be with his teammates since his lower-body injury two weeks ago.
The Black and Gold disclosed that the 6-foot-1, 205-pound right-wing would miss 4-5 weeks with the injury. They insist that it is not related to the blood clot that reduced his 2014-2015 season to just 16 contests.
The 36-year-old Laval, Quebec native told Sam Kasan on the team’s website, “I’m right on the schedule of the progress of this injury. Today was a good step. If I went out and didn’t feel good it would be a step back. The fact that I stayed on and went through practice, did a normal practice and had a big smile on my face and had fun, I think it’s the right way.”
The Pens brought Dupuis over from the Atlanta Thrashers Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 along with right wing Marian Hossa for left wing Colby Armstrong, left wing Erik Christensen, center Angelo Esposito and a 2008 first-round draft pick.
Next Up: Mike Johnston’s crew hosts former Penguin Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers Tuesday, Oct. 20 at CONSOL Energy Center. They will gather at center ice at 7 p.m. You can watch every goal scored on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.
Beyond The Boards: In Saturday’s 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury collected his 324th win in 600 NHL regular-season games. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound netminder has put together a .937 save percentage and 1.82 goals-against-average in five match-ups this season.
Jonas Siegel of TSN is reporting that Penguins players told him Phil Kessel has defied expectations about his attitude in a positive way. Chris Kunitz says the 28-year-old forward reminds him of his former Anaheim Ducks teammate, Teemu Selanne.