Without Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins Still Presidents’ Trophy Contenders

November 21st, 2014 by Carol Schram Leave a reply »

The health scares keep on coming for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team's off to a great start with a 13-3-1 record, but its fine early-season performance was overshadowed on Wednesday by the news that right wing Pascal Dupuis has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his lung and will be out of action for at least six months.

It's a scary situation for the 35-year-old, who missed 43 regular-season games and all of the playoffs last year after undergoing knee surgery.

Dupuis has started the 2014-15 season well, recording six goals and five assists in 16 games and escaping serious injury on October 16 when he was stretchered off the ice after taking a puck to the back of his neck. Remarkably, he returned to practice the next day and didn't miss any games.

At the time, I asked if Dupuis was lucky (to have escaped serious injury) or unlucky (to have been in the puck's path in the first place). The question still applies—not just to Dupuis, but to the Penguins in general.

Dupuis' condition can be very serious if it's not detected early, so he can consider him ...

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