By: Casey Shea


PITTSBURGH (KDKA) –The Penguins are in Florida to take on the Panthers tonight, but three players have been sent home early to be tested for the mumps.

According to the Penguins, Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss traveled with the team on Sunday.

Until their test results come back, all three will be placed in isolation.

On Friday, the Penguins announced that Greiss and Robert Bortuzzo had tested negative for the mumps.

The Penguins also confirmed that Olli Maatta had tested positive for the mumps.

On Thursday, Marc-Andre Fleury tested negative and then made 29 saves in a 1-0 shutout victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

The team has put some new policies in place to help curb the spread of the mumps.
No Penguins staff are allowed in the locker room unless they first get a mumps vaccination shot.

As a result, all staff, whether they go into the locker room or not, were being offered free immunizations.

There will be no more sharing water bottles or Gatorade on the bench and everyone has their own water bottle.

All equipment was sanitized and bottles of hand sanitizer were placed in the locker room.

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