Penguins notebook: Dupuis misses 1st game of the season
â¢ The Penguins remained mum about right wing Pascal Dupuis on Tuesday. Coach Mike Johnston said following the morning skate that the team still was awaiting a report on Dupuis, who did not make the trip to his home province of Quebec because of an illness. Johnston confirmed Dupuis is not dealing with a physical injury but did not feel well. This marks the first game of the season Dupuis has missed. He has been one of the Penguins’ more durable players. The exception was the 2013-14 campaign, when Dupuis suffered a season-ending knee injury Dec. 23. His spot on the top line alongside center Sidney Crosby and left wing Chris Kunitz was taken by right wing Blake Comeau against the Canadiens.
• Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo was the Penguins’ only healthy scratch against the Canadiens and apparently is the odd man out of the defensive rotation with Olli Maatta back in the lineup. Bortuzzo has one goal and three points in six games since missing the season’s first month with a knee injury.
• Former Penguins assistant coach Jacques Martin, now an advanced scout for the Penguins, scouted the Canadiens in their game against the Flyers on Saturday in Montreal.
• After spending most of November on the road, the Penguins’ schedule is about to ease up. Six of their next nine games are at Consol Energy Center. They don’t play two consecutive road games until late December.