The task of trying to halt a four-game losing streak while facing a WCHA title contender is tough enough, but now comes word that the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will be without another veteran.
UW coach Mike Eaves said Wednesday that junior Derek Lee and sophomore Jefferson Dahl, both centers, will not play Friday and Saturday when third-place Denver comes to the Kohl Center.
Lee has missed the last three games after suffering a concussion Jan. 27 at North Dakota. He practiced Tuesday, but didn't feel well Wednesday, which is a tell-tale sign that the head trauma has not sufficiently healed.
Dahl, meanwhile, apparently suffered a concussion at practice late last week and showed symptoms over the weekend. In addition to being a strong defensive pivot, he's a top penalty killer.
"Other guys are going to get opportunities,'' Eaves said.
Sophomore wingers Tyler Barnes and Michael Mersch will move up the depth chart as penalty killers. Meanwhile, the top three lines at practice Wednesday had sophomore Keegan Meuer between Barnes and freshman Joseph LaBate; sophomore Mark Zengerle centering Mersch and freshman Matt Paape; and freshman Brendan Woods between sophomore Jason Clark and junior Ryan Little.
The 11th-place Badgers are making their final home appearance with a good deal of adversity on their hands.
"You have to face the clouds to find the silver lining,'' Eaves said.