NHL Notes: Pascal Dupuis done for season?

NHL Notes: Pascal Dupuis done for season?
December 27, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Pascal Dupuis, who has seven goals and 13 assists, suffered a knee injury on Monday that will likely sideline him for the rest of the season. (USA Today Images)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says top-line forward Pascal Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Bylsma said Friday after the team's game-day skate that Dupuis will have surgery "in a couple of weeks" to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

Bylsma says he has no timetable for Dupuis' return and it's "likely that it might" end his season.

Dupuis hurt his right knee in a loss at Ottawa on Monday when Senators defenseman Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, sending him into Dupuis.

He has seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games. Joe Vitalie will replace him on the top line.

Bylsma also says defenseman Brooks Orpik and forward Tanner Glass are scheduled to be activated from injured reserve before Friday night's game at Carolina.

Stars: Gonchar on IR
DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have put defenseman Sergei Gonchar on the injured list and activated Aaron Rome to take his place.

The 39-year-old Gonchar has been out with concussion-like symptoms since he was hit by a puck Dec. 21 against San Jose. He leads Dallas defensemen with 12 points (all assists) in 35 games.

Rome is in his second season with the Stars and has five assists in 30 games with Dallas. He has been out since sustaining an apparent leg injury Dec. 16 at Colorado.

Nashville was playing at Dallas on Friday night.

Hurricanes: Tlusty out 2-3 weeks
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty will miss two to three weeks after having his appendix removed.

The Hurricanes filled his spot by recalling forward Zach Boychuk from Charlotte of the AHL.

The moves were announced Friday, about nine hours before Carolina's game against the Eastern Conference-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.

The team says Tlusty underwent an emergency appendectomy on Tuesday.

This is the second time this season that Boychuk has been called up. He has eight goals and 13 assists in 86 career games with the Hurricanes, Penguins and Nashville.