Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 15 Days

Pascal Dupuis (knee) was on the ice Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in February.

Dupuis was originally projected to miss six to eight months, so based on that timetable, there's a good chance he'll be available for the Penguins' season opener. Before his season ended, Dupuis had seven goals and 20 points in 39 games.

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 2 Months

Pascal Dupuis (knee) expects to be ready to play at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

He underwent surgery on Feb. 12 to repair a torn MCL and ACL. His timetable was set at six to eight months. Dupuis is three months into his recovery and he feels it's going well. "Obviously it's a long process, but it's feeling great," he said. "Aiming for six (months). The way it's feeling right now, it feels great. I'm right on schedule, so it looks good for camp." He had seven goals and 20 points in 39 games prior to getting hurt, but his chemistry with Sidney Crosby gives him plenty of fantasy value.

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 3 Months

The loss of right wing Pascal Dupuis (knee) has been a damaging blow to the Pens' penalty-killing unit.

With Dupuis in the lineup, the Penguins killed 87.5 percent of their penalties, which was on pace to give Pittsburgh's its second-best penalty-killing season in franchise history. Without Dupuis, who sustained a season-ending injury Dec. 23, the Pens have killed just 82.5 percent of their penalties. The penalty-killing unit has deteriorated since the Olympics. "We were very good up until then," Craig Adams said. Adams said he believes the Pens' penchant for turning the puck over is the primary reason for the decline in penalty kill percentage. Defenseman Brooks Orpik's turnover led to Columbus center Mark Letestu's power-play goal in Game 1 of the first-round series Wednesday. "We aren't getting clears when we have the chance," Adams said. "There will always be times when it's a 50/50 situation and you get the puck out. But there have been times when we have clear control and we're still not getting it out. That's a problem."

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 5 Months

Pascal Dupuis (knee) might not be ready for the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Dupuis is rehabbing after injuring his ACL and MCL. His timetable suggests that he'll be ready at some point in the range of August through October. That means that even in a best case scenario, he will spend at least part of the summer focusing on his recovery.

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 5 Months

Pascal Dupuis has begun rehabbing his surgically repaired right knee.

Dupuis suffered damage to his ACL and MCL. He will not be able to return this season, but he should be back for the 2014-15 campaign.

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 6 Months

Pascal Dupuis underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The Penguins haven't made it official, but Dupuis isn't expected to return this season. However, it's been assumed that Dupuis would be out for the rest of the year since Sidney Crosby landed on the outside of his leg following a hit from Ottawa's Marc Methot back on Dec. 23.

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 6 Months

Pascal Dupuis is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Feb. 12.

Dupuis hasn't played since Dec. 23 due to a torn right ACL. He took time to rehab the muscles around it before having the operation. Don't count on him returning before the 2014-15 campaign.

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 6 Months

The Penguins were allowing an average of 2.18 goals per game before right winger Pascal Dupuis had a season-ending knee injury Dec. 23 in Ottawa.

Beginning with a 5-0 loss against the Senators that night, however, they have been giving up an average of 3.23 goals a game. "He's a responsible two-way forward," defenseman Matt Niskanen said. "For [the first] line, I think he helped a lot in that regard. "A lot of times you'd see him be a defensively responsible high forward who picked guys up on the backcheck. He was really good at that. There might be some correlation between the numbers."

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 7 Months

Pascal Dupuis (knee) has yet to undergo surgery on his torn ACL.

Surgery is likely to come very soon, and it's very likely that the veteran winger will miss the rest of the season. Dupuis has 20 points in 39 games this season.

Pascal Dupuis LW PIT 7 Months

Pascal Dupuis, who will have ACL knee surgery and is likely out for the rest of the season, was a top-line fit for Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who so preferred him that he sought to keep him as a linemate even when Jarome Iginla arrived last season.

Finding wingers who fit with Crosby has proven a great challenge over the years, as his style - skilled grinder with speed and a backhand preference - does not easily fit with traditional scoring wingers. Few acquisitions by Pens GM Ray Shero have meshed instantly with Crosby, with Bill Guerin (2009) being the exception. Replacing Dupuis in this regard will provide a great challenge to Shero.