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Beau Bennett Next To Get Mumps

Because why not.

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Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and head coach Mike Johnston offered health updates on some of the many injured and sick players.

Team captain Sidney Crosby, who will miss his third consecutive game tonight, is declared past the infectious stage and cleared to return to the team as early as tomorrow.

The mumps outbreak has claimed at least one other player on the Penguins, though. Ever-so-lucky winger Beau Bennett has been quarantined with mumps symptoms, though his test results aren't back yet. Beau is already injured so at least he won't be missing any games specifically due to the mumps.

However, Beau was part of the large team contingent that visited Pittsburgh Children's Hospital on Thursday, and all those he has met while there may also have been exposed and are currently being tested.

This is all just swell. Here is a really good article published this morning on why the NHL has lost control of the mumps outbreak.

In other player-related news, Robert Bortuzzo will not play tonight and his status is day-to-day with an upper body injury that is not expected to keep him out for long. Scott Harrington, who was recalled over the weekend, will not play tonight, meaning Brian Dumoulin will get a chance to redeem himself.

Olli Maatta is getting a second opinion for his shoulder soreness today. Jim Rutherford said the team will give an update on his status and any decisions made on his treatment later in the week.