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Greiss is being tested for the mumps.

Greiss' short-term status is in question until it is determined what type of ailment he is dealing with. He was in position to see added playing time with fellow goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury potentially dealing with the mumps, but an exam cleared Fleury of any mumps symptoms, and it is now Greiss who could be the one missing time due to the illness making its way around the league.

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Greiss makes for a short-term speculative pickup, given starter's Marc-Andre Fleury's current sickness.

The Penguins play home games Thursday against Colorado and Saturday versus Florida. It's possible that Fleury might miss those games if he indeed has contracted the mumps, putting Greiss in line for a pair of starts against two middling teams. The Pittsburgh backup sports a 3-2-2 mark with a 2.53 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

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Greiss allowed three goals on 27 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to Columbus on Saturday.

The backup surrendered a third-period, penalty-shot goal to Boone Jenner and then gave up two shootout goals (in three attempts). Greiss has made six of his seven starts on the road, permitting at least three goals in four of the contests. He's played well, but because the team typically starts him on the road, he's not the reliable option he might be if he played more often at Consol Energy Center.

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Greiss is in line to start Saturday against the Blue Jackets.

The Penguins will rest No. 1 goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who guided the team to a 3-1 victory over the Flames on Friday night. Though he doesn't see much work behind Fleury, Greiss has been steady when called upon, going 3-1-1 with a 2.37 GAA and .927 save percentage. He'll match up against a Blue Jackets squad that has reeled off five wins in a row.

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Greiss allowed three goals on 31 shots in a 3-0 loss to Vancouver on Thursday.

The backup goalie, who was making his first home start in a Penguins sweater, misplayed one puck behind his own net for a goal. The entire team was outplayed by the Canucks on Thursday and Greiss was no different. Pittsburgh plays back-to-back games Dec. 12 and 13 and then Dec. 22 and 23, dates when Greiss is most likely to see his next starts.

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Greiss will be between the pipes for Thursday's game against the Canucks.

Greiss will make his first home start of the season and give regular goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury the night off. He will not have an easy matchup with Pittsburgh facing off against a Vancouver team that won four of its last five games and currently sits fourth in the league with 3.08 goals per game.

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Greiss made 32 saves in a 3-2 win over the 'Canes on Saturday.

Greiss is becoming a must-start whenever the Pens rest Marc-Andre Fleury. Although the backup goalie has made all five of his starts on the road, he improved to 3-1-1 with the win. Only a 6-on-4 Carolina goal with 11 ticks remaining in regulation prevented him from posting an even better night.

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Greiss will start Saturday against the Hurricanes, according to the Penguins' radio network.

Greiss will start for the first time since last Saturday and square off against Carolina and Anton Khudobin.

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Greiss will likely start Saturday's game in Carolina in the second of back-to-back games against the Hurricanes.

The Penguins canceled their morning skate, so coach Mike Johnston won't officially announce his starter until he speaks to reporters around 5:00 PM. While there's a small chance starter Marc-Andre Fleury gets the opportunity to rebound from Friday's embarrassing team loss, look for Greiss to play during a heavy stretch of games.

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Greiss took the loss Saturday against the Islanders, yielding four goals on 35 shots.

Called upon to relieve Marc-Andre Fleury for the back end of a home-and-home set with the Islanders, Greiss was able to keep his team in the game for the first 40 minutes, but came unhinged in the third period. He allowed the Islanders to pot three unanswered goals, effectively turning a close game into a blowout. Saturday's outing was only the fourth of the season for Greiss, who doesn't figure to see much consistent action behind Fleury.