The Wolverines will be without their captain down the stretch.
Junior forward Andrew Copp is "week-to-week" with an upper body injury, Michigan head coach Red Berenson announced Monday.
Copp left Saturday's 2-0 road loss against Minnesota after getting tangled up behind the Wolverines net with Minnesota forward Travis Boyd. While the captain was able to stop a partial breakaway, both players ended up going into the boards hard.
The incident occurred with 8:46 remaining in the second period. Boyd was slow to get up yet stayed in the game. Copp, who has 24 points (13G-11A) in 25 games, left for the locker room holding his left arm and shoulder and did not return. Evan Allen took Copp's role on the team's top line with JT Compher and Tyler Motte.
Copp will most likely miss this weekend's series against Ohio State. For the time being, the upper body injury is not a season-ending one.
Andrew Copp has an upper-body injury and is doubtful for this weekend vs. Ohio State. The good news - not a long-term injury, per Berenson.— Jeremy Summitt (@jeremysummitt) February 16, 2015
Getting him back healthy as soon as possible would be big given how close the Wolverines are in both the Big Ten standings and Pairwise (the team is 17th, just outside the tournament after being swept this weekend for the first time since Halloween).
Michigan (16-10-0, 8-4-0-0 Big Ten) is tied for first with Minnesota in the Big Ten with 24 points and two points ahead of Michigan State and Penn State. There are eight conference games remaining before the Big Ten conference tournament March 19-21 in Detroit.
Copp is a 2013 4th round pick of the Winnipeg Jets.
Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate