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Pens send Downie, Sutter, Greiss home for mumps test (Updated)

Pittsburgh Penguins v Minnesota Wild

Pittsburgh Penguins v Minnesota Wild

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The mumps outbreak continued to wreak havoc on the Penguins today, as the club sent three players -- Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss -- back to Pittsburgh to be tested for the illness.

Pittsburgh is scheduled to play Florida tonight in Sunrise.

The Penguins’ issues with the mumps are well-documented. Captain Sidney Crosby, defenseman Olli Maatta and forward Beau Bennett have been diagnosed with the virus while the likes of Marc-Andre Fleury and Roberto Bortuzzo have been cleared after negative test results.

(It’s interesting to note that Greiss is going for a second round of testing after getting a negative result on Friday. There’s also no word yet on who Pittsburgh will dress as Fleury’s backup tonight against the Panthers.)


Coach Johnston on more players coming to Florida: “We’re getting Zatkoff here. That’s it.”

— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 22, 2014

So Jeff Zatkoff will back up Fleury tonight, and the Pens will likely dress Taylor Chorney on defense and either Rob Klinkhammer or Craig Adams at forward. All three were scratched on Saturday.