PITTSBURGH -- It has been 339 days since Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis played a regular-season game. That streak will come to an end Thursday.
Dupuis will return after missing nearly a year when he and the Penguins face the Dallas Stars at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-SW, ROOT). He last played Nov. 11, 2014 against the New York Rangers, one day after scoring two goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Then on Nov. 19 the Penguins announced Dupuis' season was over because of a potentially career-threatening blood clot in his lung.
The 36-year-old was expected to return at the beginning of this season, but a lower-body injury delayed his progress. His status last was updated Sunday, when Dupuis said he most likely was a few weeks from making his season debut.
"I'm excited," Dupuis said Thursday. "Excitement. That's pretty much it. It healed quicker than I thought it would so it's good to get back out there for a real game. … I just want to get back out there. It doesn't matter who I play with or where I play. It will just be huge to get back in the regular routine and play meaningful hockey again.
"It's definitely a little earlier [than expected]. But I feel good and they gave me the OK so it's quite exciting."