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Dirty Dozen: Projecting JT’s goals, awkward debut in Edmonton and ‘O’ woes in Buffalo

How many goals would John Tavares, right, have if he had a 16-game schedule for his entire career? (Photo: Dan Brodie)
How many goals would John Tavares, right, have if he had a 16-game schedule for his entire career? (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Ever since John Tavares scored his 800th National Lacrosse League goal on April 5, the obvious question has been floating around: How many goals would Tavares have if the NLL had a 16-game schedule for each of the 23 seasons he’s played? It’s an interesting question and a fun one, because it’s based on speculation, of course. And since we’re not one to back down from a challenge, we put on our thinking caps and came up with what we think could be an answer. We took it a step further and took a look at the league’s current Top 5 in career goals to project where they’d be as well if they’d all had 16-game seasons for the duration of their careers. READ MORE »


Snapping Edmonton’s streak was nice, but Mammoth say their work isn’t finished

Pat Coyle has brought a sense of simplicity and urgency to an improved Colorado Mammoth defense. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Pat Coyle has brought a sense of simplicity and urgency to an improved Colorado Mammoth defense. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

The Mammoth finally did it Friday night. They were the first to beat the undefeated Rush. They stopped the league juggernaut’s run at 14 wins to start the season. They put together a helluva game, holding Edmonton to just eight goals and doing what no team had been able to do in 2014: beat the consensus Cup favourites. You could excuse the Mammoth players for being happy with the result. Or even being downright ecstatic for that matter. It’s been a tough season in Denver. The club stumbled out of the gates, losing five of its first six games and struggling in every area on the floor. READ MORE »


Knee injuries conjure bad memories, but also remind us it’s best to move forward

Garrett Billings may be out, but there's a lot of talent, and pride, left to pick up the torch in Toronto. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Garrett Billings may be out, but there's a lot of talent, and pride, left to pick up the torch in Toronto. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

This past weekend of National Lacrosse League action dredged up some memories for me. Watching Garret Billings crumpled on the Vancouver turf was a sight no one wants to see, even if you’re not a Toronto Rock fan. The ACL injury is lacrosse’s curse. On “Tucker Williams” night in Buffalo, again we saw a great cause that we really would rather not. The tragic ailments that can strike any of us down at any time are out of our hands. The only action we can take is a reaction in these circumstances. Start to fight back. No one can predict the future so it’s best not to languish in the past and in thoughts of “If we only did that sooner” or in Billings’ case, “if I didn’t go to goal” on that particular shift then I’d still be playing and healthy. Second guessing will only hold you in peril. You must pick up the pieces and move forward, it’s all you can do. READ MORE »


Winners and Losers: Garrett Billings and his knee, Knighthawks travels and Team Canada’s field future among the hot topics

With a chance to improve playoff positioning, the Stealth D was nowhere to be found on Saturday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
With a chance to improve playoff positioning, the Stealth D was nowhere to be found on Saturday. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

Not surprisingly, the news of Garrett Billings and his wrecked knee is a hot topic in the National Lacrosse League this week. Our weekly Winners and Losers installment is no exception, but we’re also looking at issues in Buffalo, Calgary, B.C., Rochester and Vancouver. We’ve witnessed 15 weekends of NLL action so far this season and while it’s hard to believe, it is true that we have just 3 more weekends to see our teams before the regular season concludes. So who is hot and who is not after the 15th week of the NLL? Check it out as ILIndoor scans the NLL landscape. READ MORE »


Lack of a foundation is hurting Timbermen in Nanaimo, and sadly, they’re not alone

The recent news of the possible end of the Nanaimo Timbermen is not a surprise in this era of Senior A Canadian lacrosse. In recent years, teams that have come to pass range from 1-year deals like that in Windsor or the hopeful Barrie Lakeshore organization that decided the unmonitored rules, spending and regulations of Major Lacrosse Series were more competition than they could endure. Movement from Ajax to Oakville signaled the end of a 4-year run for the start-up Ajax Rock team, the newest Canadian Senior A team in the loop. Movement is nothing new. READ MORE »


Dirty Dozen: East vs. West when it comes to NLL awards, Mr. Fleury takes in a Riggers game, and kudos for clever April Fool’s joke

Geoff Snider, center, is on pace for a career season in faceoffs. Will it be enough to win NLL hardware? (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Geoff Snider, center, is on pace for a career season in faceoffs. Will it be enough to win NLL hardware? (Photo: Dan Brodie)

We’re not out to start anything. Promise. But when it comes to the world of sports, comparisons are inevitable, the National Lacrosse League being no exception. So as we enter the stretch drive of this 2014 season, the thoughts naturally turn to candidates for the major individual awards. But instead of predicting them for this season, let’s take a look at another batch of criteria that’s always fun to inspect: East vs. West. In other words, how has the East done against the West, and vice versa. This is a debate rooted in summer lacrosse — Ontario vs. B.C. and Alberta — and if you’re convinced that the East is dominant, you haven’t been paying attention. At least not lately. While players from the East have certainly won their share of NLL hardware, there’s no doubting that the West has come on strong in recent seasons. READ MORE »


Winners and Losers: Rush continue to overwhelm, Ratcliff finds his form for Stealth, and East teams take it on the chin

Goalie Aaron Bold and the Edmonton Rush are running roughshod over the rest of the NLL. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Goalie Aaron Bold and the Edmonton Rush are running roughshod over the rest of the NLL. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

The Edmonton Rush appear to be a popular topic for media among the National Lacrosse League and really, are you surprised? Of course not. It’s not every season a team comes out of the gate at 13-0, so we’re witnessing something special there. But believe it or not, there are other teams and other players in the NLL, and our weekly installment of Winners and Losers allows us the opportunity to run the gamut and explore all avenues and angles. We’re not alone, though. While we here at ILIndoor get thoughts off our chest here, you can do the same over at the ILIndoor message board. But before you head on over there, check out what’s on the mind of ILIndoor. READ MORE »


Dirty Dozen: How the NLL evolved during JT’s streak, Snider is the all-time draw king, Rush return to Rochester for showdown

A lot has happened in the NLL during the 185-game scoring streak for Buffalo's John Tavares. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)
A lot has happened in the NLL during the 185-game scoring streak for Buffalo's John Tavares. (Photo: Adam Borgstahl)

So if nothing else comes of this season for the Minnesota Swarm, the defensive corps will have something to hang its hat on years from now. In last week’s overtime win over the Buffalo Bandits, the Swarm held John Tavares without a point. That’s something not many teams can claim, because that was the first time JT’s gone pointless in a National Lacrosse League game since Jan. 25, 2002. The man who leads the league in just about every career offensive category had scored at least 1 point in 185 straight games, but now he’s got to start another streak. A natural course of action to bring that into perspective, so we’ll try to do just that with a look at what’s gone on in and around the NLL during that streak for Tavares. READ MORE »


Winners and Losers: Schuss scoring like a No. 1 pick, Bandits and Rock need to rebound, and where are you, Edmonton fan?

Rookie Logan Schuss seems to have found his shooting touch, much to the delight of the Swarm. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
Rookie Logan Schuss seems to have found his shooting touch, much to the delight of the Swarm. (Photo: Scott Pierson)

This is our first season of Winners and Losers here at ILIndoor and after 13 weeks of National Lacrosse League action, we’re starting to sense a theme. Then again, when a team like the Edmonton Rush is 11-0 and making league history, you’re bound to pay a bit of attention to that side. But the neat thing about this new feature — we think, anyway — is how it allows us to get quick, simple thoughts off our chests whether they be winners or losers. And so it continues with this week we look back and the good and bad. And if you’ve got a thought you feel the need to unload, you can always hit up the ILIndoor message board. READ MORE »


Tracey Kelusky maintains faith that Philadelphia Wings can turn season around

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Don’t look now but we’ve got a two-horse race shaping up in the East for the final National Lacrosse League playoff spot. At one point the Rock looked as if they would cruise into the No.-3 slot and the Wings appeared down and out. However, stumbles and bumbles by both clubs now have them running almost neck-and-neck. The Wings came into their weekend tilt against the Rock having lost six of their last seven. But Toronto wasn’t in much better shape, dropping four of their last five. So when Philly eked out a 14-13 victory they set the stage for what should be a thrilling stretch drive over the final five games of the season. READ MORE »