Rangers' Brassard tests positive for mumps, three Penguins quarantined
Brassard, 27, did not play in New York's last two games since becoming ill. He was sent home early from the team's road trip after Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks. In 24 games this season, he has eight goals and a team-high 16 assists.
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said the team has been proactive in trying to prevent the virus from spreading.
Jim Rutherford: “We have been sanitizing the rooms and everything here for the last week."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 17, 2014
With Fleury out for the time being, Pittsburgh recalled goaltender Jeff Zatkoff from AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Thomas Greiss, normally the backup to Fleury, will start for the Penguins in their game Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, according to NHL.com. Zatkoff will back up Greiss.
Zatkoff, 27, is returning for his second career stint with the Penguins after spending all of last season with the team, when he recorded a 2.61 goals-against-average and a .912 save percentage in 17 starts. In 15 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, Zatkoff has recorded a 1.89 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage.
The mumps have spread across the NHL after starting with the Anaheim Ducks. In addition to the Rangers and Penguins, the New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild have also had players test positive for mumps.
- Paul Palladino