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Zach Parise, Jason Pominville of Wild have mumps

Forwards miss game Monday against Kings because of illness

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville were diagnosed with the mumps on Monday and are expected to miss at least five days.

Parise, 32, and Pominville, 34, missed the Wild's 5-4 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota has three games in the next four days, including at the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, FS-N, NHL.TV).

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said assistant Scott Stevens is also showing symptoms.

"I was pretty shocked when initially Scott got it," Boudreau said. "When he phoned the other day and said he had mumps, I said, 'Oh my goodness. At practice [Sunday], it didn't seem anything was there, and then [Monday] morning, [head athletic trainer] John Worley came up to me and said, 'We've got two guys at the doctors because of this.'"

Parise has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 50 games, and Pominville has 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 59 games this season. Pominville has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in his past nine games.

The Vancouver Canucks announced last week that several players (Troy Stecher, Christ Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput, Markus Granlund, Anton Rodin and Ben Hutton) were showing signs of the virus. The Wild played at Vancouver on Feb. 4. It usually takes 16-18 days for symptoms to first appear after initial infection.

The Wild said that players who have symptoms are being tested and isolated for a five-day period. Team doctors also provided players with vaccinations.

Several Wild players were diagnosed in 2014, including current defensemen Ryan Suter, Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin and Christian Folin. All players received vaccines at that time, including Parise and Pominville.

Mumps is highly contagious and is spread by mucus and saliva, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces.

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