Dupuis could miss rest of season with knee injury

The Associated PressDecember 27, 2013
Dupuis could miss rest of season with knee injury
Pittsburgh Penguins' Pascal Dupuis, middle, is helped off the ice by teammates Matt Niskanen, left, and Chris Kunitz after colliding with teammate Sidney Crosby while taking on the Ottawa Senators in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Ottawa, Ontario on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says top-line forward Pascal Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Bylsma said Friday after the team's game-day skate that Dupuis will have surgery ''in a couple of weeks'' to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

Bylsma says he has no timetable for Dupuis' return and it's ''likely that it might'' end his season.

Dupuis hurt his right knee in a loss at Ottawa on Monday when Senators defenseman Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, sending him into Dupuis.

He has seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games. Joe Vitalie will replace him on the top line.

Bylsma also says defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Tanner Glass are scheduled to be activated from injured reserve before Friday night's game at Carolina.