The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will be without two front-line players when it opens a WCHA series with Bemidji State Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center.
UW coach Mike Eaves said Thursday that senior center Derek Lee (concussion) and sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe (ankle) will not be available for the opener, but that's as far as Eaves would look ahead.
Lee is the No. 2 scorer overall and McCabe is the top-scoring blue-liner for the Badgers.
Lee was injured Jan. 26 vs. Alaska-Anchorage and missed a Western Collegiate Hockey Association series at North Dakota Feb. 1 and 2. McCabe was injured Feb. 2 vs. North Dakota.
UW has already lost 33 man games to injury this season. Lee has missed four, including two following a scooter mishap in October; freshman winger Morgan Zulinick has missed 18 with a thigh issue; junior center Mark Zengerle missed six with a broken finger; and freshman defenseman Eddie Wittchow missed five outings with a shoulder injury.
In addition, freshman left winger Nic Kerdiles sat out 10 games serving an NCAA suspension for violating its rules on amateurism and senior left winger Ryan Little missed one game due to illness.