Now the Ducks are going to be missing another player due to “mumps-like symptoms.” Defenseman Clayton Stoner missed Sunday's game against the Arizona Coyotes for just that reason, though the team also says that he has not been confirmed to have the disease. Stoner is being held out as a precaution. This comes from NBC Sports' Pro Hockey Talk.
The way things have gone for the Ducks so far this season, caution is the best option. The CDC says that the incubation period of mumps can last weeks, so it's highly possible that even though Perry and Beauchemin have returned to health, others could have contracted the virus long ago and are only now showing symptoms.
The good news for Stoner is that the team is more keenly aware of the warning signs and if caught early, it can be easier to treat. That said, the team still doesn't know for sure if Stoner actually has the mumps. These certainly are strange times in the NHL's health department.
Stoner averages just under 18 minutes a game for the Ducks. He has no points this season.
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