Dupuis (blood clot) back at Pens practice, expects clearance to play

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Looks as though Pascal Dupuis‘ absence from the Pittsburgh lineup will be brief.

Dupuis, who’s missed the last two games after experiencing symptoms of a blood clot, was back at practice on Monday and expects to be cleared in time for Pittsburgh’s game on Wednesday against Montreal, per the Pens website.

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Although he was back on the ice, there is still one more hurdle before he can return to the lineup, though things are looking positive for him playing Wednesday night against Montreal.

“There is one more (test) tomorrow,” he said. “But I should be all good to go.”

Last Friday Dupuis experienced symptoms that could have been related to his past issues with a blood clot in his leg, which ended his 2015-16 season after 16 games and put him on blood thinners for six months.

Dupuis said he noticed something on his leg prior to a game against the Oilers and, as a precaution, the team doctors pulled him from the lineup and sent him to hospital for evaluation.

Test were negative for a blood clot and, following a secondary test in Pittsburgh on Monday morning, Dupuis was cleared to return to practice.

Dupuis has played in six games this year, scoring one goal, but had been skating alongside Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist on one of Pittsburgh’s top offensive lines.

With Dupuis out over the weekend, versatile center/winger Eric Fehr jumped up to fill Dupuis’ spot.