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Dupuis in for Pens

Pascal Dupuis

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Pascal Dupuis kneels on the ice after being hit in the back of the head by the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Dupuis was taken off the ice on a stretcher. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Despite suffering what appeared to be a severe injury Thursday night against the Dallas Stars, Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis in in the lineup tonight against the New York Islanders.

Tonight’s #Pens lines: Kunitz-Crosby-Hornqvist DUPUIS (yay!)-Sutter-Malkin Comeau-Spaling-Downie Sill-Goc-Adams

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 18, 2014

Dupuis was stretchered off of the ice on Thursday after an unlucky series of events in which teammate Kris Letang’s shot hit his head:

Dupuis managed to skate on Friday, but this morning’s developments were even more promising, as he took his usual spot alongside Evgeni Malkin and Brandon Sutter.’s Wes Crosby shares some more details about that scary moment:

It’s been a tough year or so for Dupuis, who doesn’t even have feeling in one of his knees after getting it surgically repaired. Despite all these troubles, he has four points in three games and has made a more immediate impact than many expected given his knee issues.

It’s almost difficult to resist a “hockey players are tough” line here, isn’t it?

Here are some additional Penguins injury updates:

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