Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lee is probable ... and questionable.

TROY -- RPI fans are wondering if C.J. Lee will be playing this weekend, since he was thought to be a healthy scratch for Saturday's victory at Clarkson.
Lee has an even plus/minus rating during the St. Lawrence game one night earlier, his own extra-attacker goal being the plus, but he made a big mistake on Greg Carey's first goal.
His seat in the stands on Saturday could have been a comination of his less than stellar play on Friday and his injured shoulder.
Both he and Seth Appert say he's fine but he practiced with a no-contact orange shirt on the past two days and has had the shoulder wrapped. He is expected to be "fit" to play on Friday night against Princeton but Appert has yet to decide to play him.
"He's fine ... I don't know if he'll play," Appert said of Lee.
He did like the work of Johnny Rogic's line at Clarkson, with Tyler Helfrich dropping to that line from Chase Polacek's top line. Matt Tinordi was at left wing and Appert said Rogic's unit "was the best line on the ice," as all three forwards combined for Rogic's go-ahead goal.
Second-line center Brock Higgs moved to left wing on Polacek's line, replacing Lee and Bryan Brutlag took Helfrich's spot on the right.
Marty O'Grady centered the second line with Alex Angers-Goulet at LW, Josh Rabbani on the right. The other line, arguably the third or fourth, from left-to-right was Patrick Cullen, Joel Malchuk, Greg Burgoerfer, the latter of whom deflected in a blast by Malchuk.
It should be added Appert mixed lines often during the game which he often does.
While Helfrich retains his spot on the top power-play unit, Appert quite possibly will leave him on Rogic's line. He's yet to make that decision.
After all, Polacek's line was blanked at Clarkson, while each of the other lines scored at least once.
With the importance of the games with Princeton and Quinnipiac, Appert's decisions as to who plays with whom, and how much mixing-and-matching his does, will be difficult.


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