Penguins’ Pascal Dupuis out Friday, sent to hospital as precaution

Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Pascal Dupuis will not suit up Friday as he has been sent to hospital as a precaution after “experiencing symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history.” Dupuis missed 71 games in 2014-15 due to a blood clot that reached his lungs.

Pittsburgh Penguins left winger Pascal Dupuis won’t play Friday night against the Edmonton Oilers and has been taken to hospital as a precaution.

The Penguins close to an hour before their Friday tilt that Dupuis, 36, was taken to the hospital because he was “experiencing symptoms that may or may not be related to his blood clot history,” according to the Penguins.

“We’ve said all along that Pascal’s health is the highest priority,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “We will take every precaution necessary to ensure he is in good health.”

Nearly one year ago to the day — Nov. 19, 2014 — the Penguins announced that Dupuis would miss at least six months due to a blood clot that had reached his lung. At the time, team doctors said they were fortunate they caught the clot before any serious damage was done to Dupuis, but said he would not be able to take the ice for half a season. Dupuis would go on to miss 71 games, including regular season and playoffs.

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“Pascal had a blood clot in his leg that traveled to his lung,” said Penguins team physician Dr. Dharmesh Vyas in November 2014. “In medical terms, that is a deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism. This is the second such incident that we know of for Pascal.”

Dupuis was sidelined to begin this season, too, missing six games with a lower-body injury. He finally returned to the lineup Oct. 22, and has averaged more than 16 minutes per game in his first six games this season. Dupuis has one goal in six games.

The Penguins said they will not have further comment on Dupuis status at this time.