Badgers hockey: Is Derek Lee in mix for Duluth?

2013-03-12T04:15:00Z Badgers hockey: Is Derek Lee in mix for Duluth?Andy Baggot | abaggot@madison.com | 608-252-6175 madison.com

When will senior center Derek Lee return to the lineup of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team?

More to the point, where will Lee play once he does return to action after missing the last four games with a knee injury?

UW coach Mike Eaves said over the weekend that Lee would test his injured leg by skating at a light practice Monday. If Lee handles the moment and makes sufficient progress, he might be able to play when the Badgers open the WCHA playoffs by hosting Minnesota-Duluth in a best-of-three series at the Kohl Center on Friday.

Question is, where will Lee play? Will he return to his previous spot between sophomore left winger Joseph LaBate and junior right winger Michael Mersch? Or will Eaves stick with sophomore Brendan Woods between LaBate and Mersch?

During their time together the LaBate-Woods-Mersch threesome has caused problems for Nebraska-Omaha and St. Cloud State because of their size, skating ability and range. LaBate goes 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Woods 6-3 and 200 and Mersch 6-1 and 215.

Even though that line had issues during a 4-2 loss to St. Cloud State last Friday, Huskies coach Bob Motzko said he called time out early in the third period because the Woods unit was causing so many problems for his defenders.

Will Eaves stick with Woods when the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs begin or will he opt for Lee's playmaking flair -- provided, of course, that Lee gets the OK to play?

 

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    think_it_over - March 12, 2013 1:19 pm
    Hope he sticks with Woods - that is a great combination of players in that line.

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