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Parise, Pominville diagnosed with the mumps; Stevens also with symptoms

For the second time in 2 ½ years, members of the Wild have been diagnosed with the mumps.

Wild forwards Zach Parise and Jason Pominville will miss Monday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings.

Also, sources say assistant coach Scott Stevens is showing signs of the mumps, as is a member of the team services staff.

Members of the organization that have symptoms are being tested immediately and placed in isolation for a five-day period. Team doctors recently provided players and staff an MMR vaccination and the organizaton will continue to work closely with the NHL, NHLPA and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Mumps is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a fever, headache, body aches, fatigue and swollen salivary glands and commonly occurs in places where people have had prolonged, close contact with a person who has mumps, such as playing on the same sports team, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

In 2014, several Wild players were stricken, including defensemen Ryan Suter, Marco Scandella, Jonas Brodin, Christian Folin and Keith Ballard. Brodin missed three weeks, Suter missed a game, so effects vary.

At that time, Parise jokingly talked about the illness that seemed to only affect defensemen, saying, “What is this, the Oregon Trail? Every team seems to get the flu once a year, but the mumps?”

All Wild players, coaches and staff were offered vaccines back then and equipment trainers sanitized all equipment and provided players with individual water bottles. Parise and Pominville were among those who got shots, GM Chuck Fletcher said.

According to the CDC, the mumps component of the MMR vaccine is about 88% (range: 66-95%) effective when a person gets two doses; one dose is about 78% (range: 49%−92%) effective.

Trainers constantly sanitize equipment, but it was noticeable that Suter’s entire set of gear was being sanitized Monday morning.

Last week, the Vancouver Canucks announced that five players were showing signs of the contagious virus with one confirmed case.

Defenseman Troy Stecher was the player confirmed, while Stecher, defensemen Christ Tanev and Nikita Tryamkin and forwards Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund (the younger brother of the Wild’s Mikael Granlund) were held out of Saturday’s against San Jose.

Canucks coach Willie Desjardins says two more players – forward Anton Rodin and defenseman Ben Hutton -- and a trainer are experiencing symptoms of the mumps.

Symptoms usually appear 16-18 days after infection and people are mostly contagious three days before the onset of symptoms and up to nine days after. The Wild did practice in Vancouver on Feb. 3 and play there Feb. 4.

The virus is spread by mucus and saliva, usually when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches surfaces.

Wild trades Teemu Pulkkinen to Arizona

A few hours after clearing waivers, Teemu Pulkkinen was traded to the Arizona Coyotes for future considerations. That generally means, nada.

The Wild's doing him a favor to move on after being stuck in Iowa since November.

Pulkkinen, 25, had one goal in nine games for Minnesota since being claimed off waivers from Detroit. He has a terrific shot, but he doesn't have the greatest wheels, isn't great away from the puck and doesn't kill penalies. Since he wasn't able to play a top-9 role for the Wild and isn't exactly molded to be a fourth-line player, he just didn't fit.

He had been stuck in Iowa, where he scored 18 goals and 18 assists in 47 games and bowed out of the AHL All-Star Game for some reason for Alex Tuch.

Even if Pulkkinen isn't an NHLer on at least this Wild roster, it is interesting that the Wild was willing to trade him away for probably nothing when Iowa's in a playoff race.

In other news, Tyler Graovac was recalled after Zac Dalpe was plucked off waivers today by Columbus. As I insinuated on the previous blog, Bruce Boudreau's reaction to me telling him Dalpe was claimed makes me think tonight's lineup is in flux. I saw Eric Staal and Erik Haula this morning and we know Martin Hanzal's on his way. I did not see Mikko Koivu.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Miami at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Los Angeles at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Sacramento

    9:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Tampa Bay at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Wild at Winnipeg

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Pittsburgh at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Utah

    8 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Twins at Baltimore (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Gophers women's basketball vs. Penn State

    5:30 pm on BTN

  • Nebraska at Gophers men's basketball

    6 pm on ESPN, 1500-AM

  • Wild at Columbus

    6 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Twins at Philadelphia (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan

    5:30 pm on ESPNEWS, 1500-AM

  • Minnesota United FC at Portland

    8:30 pm on FS1

  • Toronto at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Gophers women's hockey vs. UMD

    5:07 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan

    7:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Twins at Washington (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's basketball

    5 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • St. Louis at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on FSN

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Today's Scoreboard

  • NY Yankees

    Baltimore

     

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    4

    1

  • St. Louis

    Boston

     

    - F

    7

    2

  • Atlanta

    Detroit

     

    - F

    7

    10

  • Miami

    Minnesota

     

    - F

    6

    9

  • Tampa Bay

    Philadelphia

     

    - F

    7

    2

  • Washington

    St. Louis

     

    - F

    4

    5

  • Pittsburgh

    Toronto

     

    - F

    2

    1

  • Houston

    NY Mets

     

    - F

    5

    2

  • Kansas City

    Seattle

     

    - F

    14

    3

  • Chicago White Sox

    Chicago Cubs

     

    - F

    4

    4

  • Texas

    Cleveland

     

    - F

    2

    3

  • Colorado

    LA Dodgers

     

    - F

    7

    1

  • Oakland

    San Francisco

     

    - F

    5

    4

  • Milwaukee

    Texas

     

    - F

    5

    0

  • Cincinnati

    Arizona

     

    - F

    1

    6

  • San Diego

    LA Angels

     

    - F

    3

    5

No NFL games today

  • Milwaukee

    Cleveland

     

    - F

    95

    102

  • Toronto

    New York

     

    - F

    92

    91

  • Golden State

    Philadelphia

     

    - F

    119

    108

  • Atlanta

    Boston

     

    - F

    114

    98

  • Miami

    Dallas

     

    - 4th, 0:16

    89

    96

  • Indiana

    Houston

     

    - H

    59

    58

  • Minnesota

    Sacramento

     

    - 1st, 5:34

    8

    16

  • Montreal

    New Jersey

     

    - F

    4

    3

  • Ottawa

    Tampa Bay

     

    - F

    1

    5

  • Los Angeles

    Minnesota

     

    - 3rd, 0:46

    4

    4

No MLS games today