Brassard out with suspected case of mumps

Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) defends as New York Rangers center Derick Brassard (16) skates with the puck. Kathy Willens/AP

New York Rangers centre Derick Brassard could be the NHL’s latest case of the mumps.

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This news follows closely on the heels of Sidney Crosby’s official diagnosis with the virus. If confirmed, Brassard would be the league’s 14th case.

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Brassard was on the ice for Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks, contributing to the Rangers’ 5-1 win with two assists.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault had a few suspicions about how Brassard may have contracted the mumps, based on the team’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday.

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The New York Rangers face off in Edmonton versus the Oilers Sunday night, the second leg of their four-game road trip.

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