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Penguins notebook: Dupuis to miss Penguins game in Montreal

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Chaz Palla | Trib Total Media
The Penguins' Pascal Dupuis plays against the L.A. Kings Thursday, Nov. 30, 2014 at Consol Enrgy Center.

Forward Pascal Dupuis visited a doctor Monday and won’t travel to Montreal for the Penguins’ game against the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday. Coach Mike Johnston declined to elaborate on why Dupuis needed to be seen by a doctor but said, “We’ll get an update on where he’s at over the next 24 to 48 hours.” Dupuis, who has six goals and 11 points in 16 games, is from Laval, Quebec, which is about a 40-minute drive from where the Canadiens play their home games. With Dupuis out, Blake Comeau took Dupuis’ spot on a line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz in practice Monday. The second line of Nick Spaling, Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist remained intact. Same for the third line of Beau Bennett, Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie. Zach Sill will take Dupuis’ roster spot and play on the fourth line with Marcel Goc and Craig Adams.

• Defenseman Kris Letang was injured during a three-on-three drill at the end of practice and angrily left the ice at Consol Energy Center, throwing his helmet as he walked down the runway. It was the same drill during which Bennett injured his knee in the preseason. “He got nicked with a stick around the eye area there,” Johnston said. “He got maybe one or two stitches. He’s fine. No problem there.”

• Bennett, who returned last Tuesday and has been without a point in three games, said he isn’t where he would like to be in his recovery. “When something happens to your lower body, it’s always in the back of your head. Mentally you have to get over it. Eventually I will,” Bennett said.

Jason Mackey is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @Mackey_Trib.

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