Penguins Test Three For Mumps

John Hartzmark December 17, 2014 Comments Off on Penguins Test Three For Mumps

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Sidney Crosby returned to practice, after getting past the infectious stage, from the mumps.  He has not been ruled out for the Pens game on Thursday.  But, the Penguins held three players out of practice for testing for the mumps.

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Robert Bortuzzo, and Ollie Maata have been held out for testing.  All three tested negative for mumps earlier this month.  And, Beau Bennett remains out with the mumps

Mumps is usually found in children, and glandular swelling and fatigue are the most common symptoms.  The swelling can get so bad that people have a difficult time swallowing.  Dr. Greg Wallace, a lead epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, told ESPN.com that considering the lengthy incubation period of the mumps, it’s virtually impossible to predict how long this outbreak will affect the league.

Players from the New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks, Minnesota Wild, and New York Rangers have also been infected.  Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks will return to practice tomorrow, and coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that Keith did not have the mumps.

The NHL has also given out treatment and prevention protocol, through a memo, to all teams.

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The Winnipeg Jets will be without one of their top defenseman for over two months.  Jacob Trouba is going to be out with an upper body injury.

“He’s had a kind of pre-existing condition that most players deal with,” coach Paul Maurice said Tuesday. “And what you’re hopeful for is that it heals, it gets better and progresses, and he had the opposite experience.

“Things started to get progressively a little bit worse on him and it just got to the point that the only and best way for us to get him back to 100 percent is (we) have to shut him down.”

Trouba had 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 65 games last season.  He has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 31 games this season.

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