Pascal Dupuis sits near the younger, less experienced Joe Vitale in the Penguins locker room at Consol Energy Center.

Not that Vitale is a rogue, but Dupuis has a message he tries to drive home often.

"I joke around all the time with Joe Vitale about clean living," Dupuis said.

That encompasses the two major sides to Dupuis' hockey personality ---- a little bit of laughter and a lot of that clean-living stuff.

It has brought Dupuis to this point in his career: At 33, an age when some NHL players are in decline, he is going strong.

Going into the matinee today against the Devils in New Jersey, the right winger has four goals, eight points with at least one point in seven of the Penguins' 11 games while playing on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz.