National Lacrosse League Power Rankings: Week 8

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There were five games in the NLL this weekend and they were anything but predictable. I have been having a pretty good year with IL staff predictions (second place at 19-12 coming into this weekend) but I went 1-5 this weekend. I did select a Minnesota Edmonton split, but I got the games wrong. I correctly picked Philly to beat the Mammoth but as far as I was concerned the Wings had no chance in Rochester. Even if it’s difficult to pick the winners on any given game usually by the mid way point in the season the Power Rankings become a little more stable. A few weeks ago it looked like Calgary would challenge Toronto for the top spot, Rochester had turned it around and Philly had dropped near the bottom like we expected they would. However in the last two weeks Calgary has stumbled, Philadelphia has come back to life and Rochester has fallen back into the funk that they were in to start the season.

Let’s see how this weekend affected the Power Rankings.

1 (1)

Toronto Rock
6-2
Toronto had the weekend off but their number one spot was not threatened. The Rock will meet the Buffalo Bandits on Thursday night at the ACC.

2(6)

Washington Stealth
5-4
The Washington Stealth had a huge victory this weekend when they defeated the Calgary Roughnecks 16-14. I’m not convinced the Stealth are here to stay but after 9 games they have the second best record in the NLL and are tied for first in the West Division. Washington hosts Minnesota next weekend.

3 (2)

Calgary Roughnecks
5-4
The Calgary Roughnecks lost for the second time in their last three games but the bigger concern is that they gave up more than 15 goals in each of their last three games. Calgary will host their Alberta Rivals the Edmonton Rush next weekend.

4(3)

Buffalo Bandits
4-3
The Bandits had the weekend off but will play the Toronto Rock and the Philadelphia Wings the next weekend.

5 (9)

Philadelphia Wings
4-3
The Wings move up 4 spots in the Power Ranking this weekend. A week off sure worked for the Wings as they defeated both the Rochester Knighthawks (first time in 10 games) and the Colorado Mammoth. The Wings play the Buffalo Bandits next weekend.

6 (5)

Edmonton Rush
4-5

Edmonton followed up last weekend’s remarkable games by splitting their home and home series with the Minnesota Swarm. In their second game Edmonton stormed out of the gate and built an 11-1 lead before cruising to a 14-9 victory. I’m sure the ownership (of both teams) would have preferred if the victories were at home rather than on the road. The Rush will have first place in sights next week when they get another chance to end Calgary’s regular season winning streak against the Rush.

7 (7)

Minnesota Swarm
3-5

The Swarm split their games against the Rush this weekend. For a change they had a great fourth quarter in game one but on Sunday the Swarm were never in the game as Edmonton built a 11-1 lead. Minnesota travels to Washington next week.

8 (4)

Rochester Knighthawks
3-5
The Knighthawks lost to the Philadelphia Wings 10-8 on Friday for their second loss in a row. The Knighthawks have only tasted victory 2 out of the 8 weeks in the NLL this season. I know that only one team misses the playoffs but if Rochester are counting on the magic happening again at playoff time they might get a rude awakening.

9(8)

Colorado Mammoth
2-5
Colorado lost to the Philadelphia Wings this weekend. The Mammoth have to do something before they see their season go down the drain. This weekend they host the Rochester Knighthawks. If you looked at the schedule before the season started who would have thought this would be a game between 2 last place teams.
A longtime TV analyst for lacrosse, Shanny calls games for TSN. Shanny won five Mann Cups as a player and is the voice of boxla in Canada. Email him at brian.shanahan@nllinsider.com or follow him at @sbdshanny.

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