Penguins’ Dupuis to return after being sidelined nearly one year

Pittsburgh Penguins veteran forward Pascal Dupuis is set to return to game action for the first time in nearly one year.
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Pittsburgh Penguins veteran forward Pascal Dupuis will play in a game for the first time in nearly one year when he takes the ice against the visiting Dallas Stars on Thursday.

Dupuis last played on Nov. 15 as he was plagued by blood clots and a lower-body injury during last season. The 36-year-old returned to practice on Sunday for the first time since dealing with an unrelated lower-body ailment earlier this month.

Dupuis, who apparently is a fast healer, was expected to miss an additional two weeks with the injury suffered during a 3-on-3 drill on Oct. 8.

“It healed quicker than I thought it would,” Dupuis told the team's website. “I'm excited to get back out there for a real game.”

Dupuis has endured a tough time of it over the last year, as he missed 66 games last season because of a torn ACL and a blood clot in his lung.

The Quebec native, who scored six goals and set up five others in 16 games played in 2014-15, recorded 188 tallies and 217 assists in 853 career contests with the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets and Penguins.