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We'll find out in June if the Pittsburgh Penguins will win the 2014 Stanley Cup, but as of right now, it's a pretty good bet that they will be the victors in any competition this season regarding the number of injuries affecting a team. Having already seen 210 man games lost to injury through 39 games this season, that number will only be going higher, especially with the latest blow to the lineup.
On Friday, the Penguins announced that forward Pascal Dupuis would require ACL surgery in two weeks and his season is likely over. "The timetable is likely that he’ll be out for the remainder of the season, but we’ll see after the surgery in a couple weeks," said head coach Dan Bylsma.
Dupuis injured the knee Monday night during a loss to the Ottawa Senators when he was collateral damage during a Marc Methot a hip check on Sidney Crosby:
Dupuis signed a four-year, $15 million extension with the in July and through 39 games has 7 goals and 20 points. At the moment, the Penguins are currently a little over $5 million under the salary cap ceiling, according to CapGeek. Once Dupuis is put on long-term injury reserve, that will give general manager Ray Shero some room to play with.
Of late, the Penguins have resembled their AHL side in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with the number of injuries. But the trainers' room is slowly getting less crowded with Tanner Glass and Brooks Orpik expected to return to the lineup Friday night against Carolina, but Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Rob Scuderi, and Paul Martin are among the wounded still sidelined.
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