The Pittsburgh Penguins likely will be without one of their top offensive stars for the remainder of the season.
Winger Pascal Dupuis will undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL, the team announced Friday.
The Penguins did not set a timetable for Dupuis’ return, but several media members report that he is “almost certainly” done for the season.
The 34-year-old got off to a rather slow start this year by his standards, scoring just seven goals through 39 games after potting 20 in last season’s 48-game, lockout-shortened campaign. He has tallied more than 35 points in each of the last four seasons, including a career-high 59 in 2011-12.
Dupuis suffered the injury in a collision with teammate Sidney Crosby during Monday’s 5-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators. Dupuis was helped off the ice early in the first period and did not return.
Dupuis now joins a crowded list of Penguins players on injured reserve, including Kris Letang, Tomas Vokoun, Paul Martin and Rob Scuderi.