The mumps outbreak is a real thing again, but unlike the Vancouver Canucks, the Minnesota Wild have had it happen to some of their key players. On Monday night, both Zach Parise and Jason Pominville were held out, because of the outbreak and they will be sitting out for an undetermined amount of time. The last big mumps outbreak was a couple of years ago and that caused players to miss upwards of a week of time, some even a bit more, so it will be interesting to see how quick these two recover and if anyone else comes down with it.
Pominville is the most notable of the two, because he belongs to Dale B., who is still sitting in 1st place, but after Monday night, his lead has gone down from 4 points to 1 point. Missing out on a 5-4 overtime win against Los Angeles will sting, because that's a handful of potential points right there. Parise belongs to Stuart, who opens up in 10th place, 31 points back of the money.
On Monday, the Vancouver Canucks were not in action, but they did call up goalkeeper Richard Bachman, as Jacob Markstrom is currently suffering from a lower-body injury, believed to have been suffered over the weekend at the team's SuperSkills day. There's no word on the severity of the injury and it was confirmed that it isn't the mumps that he is dealing with, but he will miss some time, starting tonight, when the Canucks host the Red Wings.
Clayton's team has been holding steady around the 17th spot in the standings, with goaltending that ranks 24th in the pool, with 24 points. There's a good chance that Kristy & Don will now surpass that total, now that they have Jonathan Quick back in their lineup.