Nov 27, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center Jay McClement (11) and Pittsburgh Penguins left wing James Neal (18) chase a loose puck during the third period at the CONSOL Energy Center.The Penguins won 6-5 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Neal Hurt, Dupuis yet to have Surgery; Vitale to IR


Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward James Neal missed his second consecutive practice Tuesday, and is dealing with an upper-body injury – according to Sam Kasan of the team’s website.

Neal, who doesn’t have the same injury that kept him out 15 games earlier in the season, is listed as day-to-day and hasn’t been ruled out for Wednesday’s matchup against Washington – per Kasan.

As of right now, consider Neal a game-time decision for tomorrow.

Forward Pascal Dupuis, who left the game on Dec. 23 with a torn ACL, is reportedly still yet to have surgery and no date has been set- according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Dupuis will likely miss the rest of the season. He played in 39 games for Pittsburgh, collecting 20 points (7G, 13A) and skating to a plus-6 rating.

Pittsburgh also placed forward Joe Vitale on injured reserve with a upper-body injury – per Kasan. Vitale has performed in 44 contests, and collected 13 points (1G, 12A) while skating to a plus-1 rating.

Vitale is one point shy of tying his career-high for an NHL season.


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