The Calgary Roughnecks have good news for their fans. Not only do you have a National Lacrosse League playoff game to attend in Calgary, you can book your plans right now. The Roughnecks don’t know who they’re playing — it’s either the Colorado Mammoth or Vancouver Stealth — but whoever the opponent is, it’ll be there for a May 3 game at 9 p.m. (EST). A banner ad on Calgary’s website makes the announcement along with how to purchase tickets for the game. The Roughnecks, who play at the rival Edmonton Rush tonight, are in the NLL playoffs for the 11th straight season as they pursue the third Champion’s Cup in franchise history. Of the 18 playoff games in team history, 13 have been home games for the Riggers, including the last 9.
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The Toronto Rock (8-9) are getting hot at the right time while the Buffalo Bandits (8-8) desperately need to change the path they’re on. Toronto won its third straight game with a 13-9 victory over the Bandits, who dropped their sixth in a row to tie the franchise-record losing streak they set last year. The Rock have allowed just 9 goals in each of their three straight wins while it was the fifth time in the six straight losses that Buffalo has scored fewer than 10 times. Stephan Leblanc and Kevin Ross each had hat tricks and Rob Hellyer continued his stellar play with a goal and 6 assists for the Rock, who were without Garrett Billings (out for the season with an ACL tear) and Josh Sanderson (flu) on the offensive end of the floor. John Tavares was the only multiple-goal scorer for the Bandits with two and he added a pair of assists. Nick Rose got the start in goal for Toronto and was excellent, stopping 48 of the 57 shots he faced. READ MORE »
There are five games in week 17 of the NLL, four of which hold playoff implications with Vancouver and Colorado fighting for the last spot in the West Division and Buffalo and Toronto going head to head for a home playoff game in the East Division.
The Bandits (8-7) have defeated the Rock (7-9) by a score of 12-10 twice this season, once in Buffalo, once in Toronto. On Friday, the Bandits return to Toronto looking to snap a five game losing skid and sweep the series. Also on the line? A home playoff game; if Buffalo wins they’ll host Toronto in Banditland.
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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 »
The National Lacrosse League has announced a new format for the 2014 NLL Season Awards. For the first time, three finalists for each award will be named after the playoffs before the winners are announced at the first-ever NLL Season Awards Ceremony scheduled to take place in Toronto on Sunday, August 31. The announcement of the three finalists for each award begins on Tuesday, June 3 and continues throughout the course of the month while more details on the 2014 NLL Season Awards Ceremony are forthcoming. The 2014 NLL Season Awards are determined by a vote of the league’s Board of Governors, General Managers and Head Coaches. The Executive of the Year Award is awarded by a vote of the league’s Board of Governors. The Tom Borrelli Media Person of the Year Award is determined by the league’s Board of Governors and the NLL’s covering media.
The Colorado Mammoth played a lot of games early in the National Lacrosse League season and lost most of them, coming out of the gates at 1-5. Since then, they’re a .500 team that has looked its best in the last couple of games against league-leading Edmonton, including handing the Rush their first loss of the season. Now rookie Dillon Ward is looking like a veteran goalie and the defence has got its act together, literally, playing the best it has as unit all season. So just how dangerous can this team be if, as is by far the most likely scenario, they get into the playoffs as the third seed in the West Division? Speaking of Ward, he has thrust himself firmly into the discussion for Rookie of the Year in the NLL. Has he or anyone else done enough to make themself a favourite, or is the field still wide open among five–or even six–contenders? Make the jump to hear what the IL Indoor panel of Stephen Stamp, Ty Pilson, Bob Chavez, Marty O’Neill and Teddy Jenner have to say. READ MORE »
The Buffalo Bandits and Toronto Rock will be playoff opponents, this much we know. The when and the where is yet to be determined, but tonight’s National Lacrosse League game between these teams in Toronto could determine these mysteries. But that’s not the only issue at hand. While the Toronto Rock have been searching for consistency all season, winning their last 2 games may have them on track. The Bandits, meanwhile, have lost 5 straight and continue to search for that track. “Concern is the right word to use, I wouldn’t say panic or overreaction,” Buffalo defenseman Derek Suddons told Bandits.com. “We are glad it has happened now. It’s better to have a bit of a rut this time in the season and reassess what we can improve on and what we can do better.” READ MORE »
As graceful as he is during lacrosse games, John Tavares is just as smooth in avoiding direct answers whenever the topic of retirement comes up. And when you’re 45 years old and old enough to be the father of some teammates, it comes up often. But last week, Tavares was a healthy scratch and he came out of the week off with some perspective. “It puts a question in my mind,” Tavares told the Buffalo News. “It hits you in your confidence. At 45, the writing is on the wall that you can’t go on too much farther.” Injuries in the past couple of seasons have slowed Tavares and while not playing last summer helped him heal, he felt behind the game when he reported to Bandits camp last fall. He went so far as to say he feels he’s in the way at times. But even with these thoughts going through his head, Tavares said he’s got to keep focused on helping the Bandits end their 5-game losing streak. “The last five games, I’ve struggled and the team has struggled. … I feel like I’m at the same pace the team is. I’m part of the problem.”
Will it be the Stealth or Mammoth? Only one spot remains in the NLL playoffs.
Competing in a close game two weeks ago, the Colorado Mammoth did the (seemingly) unimaginable last Friday by handing the Edmonton Rush their first loss of the season. Trading goals for most of the game, the Toronto Rock netted the game winner early in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia on Saturday to secure the third and final East Division playoff berth and eliminate the Wings from contention. It wasn’t an OT winner like in week 13, but it was the second 10-9 W for the Minnesota Swarm over the Buffalo Bandits this season.
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Sometimes, you have to think long and hard when it comes to winners and/or losers for the most recent week of National Lacrosse League action. And sometimes, you do not. The latter seems to be the case this week as we look back and see the Toronto Rock clinching a playoff berth and the Buffalo Bandits losing their fifth straight game after an 8-2 start. And if you saw the Colorado Mammoth’s win over the Edmonton Rush last weekend, you know that Colorado goalie Dillon Ward is getting a lot of deserved love. So who else is the target of admiration or otherwise? Check it out after the jump a ILIndoor takes a look. READ MORE »