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NLL Champion’s Cup Staff Picks: Game 2 and Cup Winner

The 2014 NLL Champs will be named this weekend as the Roughnecks and Knighthawks battle in the final game of the season Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The 2014 NLL Champs will be named this weekend as the Roughnecks and Knighthawks battle in the final game of the season Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Will it be a third NLL Champion’s Cup in franchise history for the Calgary Roughnecks or a third consecutive Cup for the Rochester Knighthawks? Will it be a sweep for the Riggers who won game one or come down to another mini-game if the K-Hawks win game two?

The pair met only once in the regular season, an 11-10 overtime home win for the Roughnecks back at the end of February. All-time, the Knighthawks are 3-1 against Calgary when playing in Rochester. As we’ve seen so far, playing at home has been advantageous as the home team is 7-2 so far this post-season.
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Champion’s Cup Game 1 Staff Picks

The Playoff Party continues in Calgary on Saturday when the Roughnecks host the Knighthawks in Game 1 of the Champion's Cup. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The Playoff Party continues in Calgary on Saturday when the Roughnecks host the Knighthawks in Game 1 of the Champion's Cup. (Photo: Brad Watson)

This will be the first time the Calgary Roughnecks and Rochester Knighthawks meet in a National Lacrosse League Champion’s Cup final; in fact, this is the first time the two teams have ever met in the post-season. This is the Riggers’ third trip in franchise history while 2014 is the third consecutive year the K’Hawks will play in the title game.

The pair met only once in the regular season, an 11-10 overtime home win for the Roughnecks back at the end of February. All-time, Calgary and Rochester have a 4-4 record against each other; both are 3-1 when playing at home. Playing at home has been advantageous as the home team is 6-2 so far this post-season. READ MORE »


NLL Division Finals Game 2 + Tie-Breaker Staff Picks

Will it be another OT thriller when the Roughnecks and Rush face off in game two of the West Division Finals Friday in Edmonton. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Will it be another OT thriller when the Roughnecks and Rush face off in game two of the West Division Finals Friday in Edmonton. (Photo: Brad Watson)

The 2014 NLL Champions Cup will see a team from New York go up against a team from Alberta as the Division Finals pits Buffalo against Rochester in the East and Calgary against Edmonton in the West.

Each division pair have faced off four times in the regular season, with the higher ranked Rochester Knighthawks and Edmonton Rush winning three of the four games against the Buffalo Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks respectively. Hands up if you saw the Bandits and Roughnecks taking game one. Yeah, me neither. But man, they were two good games. The Rush and Knighthawks hope to use the home field to their advantage in game two and force tie-breakers.
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NLL Division Finals Game One Staff Picks

Curtis Dickson and the Calgary Roughnecks host top seed Edmonton Rush in game one of the West Division Finals Saturday. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)
Curtis Dickson and the Calgary Roughnecks host top seed Edmonton Rush in game one of the West Division Finals Saturday. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)

The 2014 NLL Champions Cup will see a team from New York go up against a team from Alberta as the Division Finals pit Buffalo against Rochester in the East and Calgary against Edmonton in the West.

Each division pair have faced off four times in the regular season, with the higher ranked Rochester Knighthawks and Edmonton Rush winning three of the four games against the Buffalo Bandits and Calgary Roughnecks respectively. Game one goes Saturday evening in Buffalo and Calgary, game two is next weekend in Rochester and Edmonton.
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NLL Divisional Semi-Finals Staff Picks

Ready. Set. Go! Calgary Roughnecks host Colorado Mammoth in West Division Semi-Final Saturday. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Ready. Set. Go! Calgary Roughnecks host Colorado Mammoth in West Division Semi-Final Saturday. (Photo: Brad Watson)

There are no strangers as the National Lacrosse League divisional semifinals kick off on Saturday evening. In the West Division Colorado and Calgary have met three times in the 2014 regular season, the Mammoth with two overtime wins. In the East Division Buffalo and Toronto have also faced off three times this year, the Bandits taking the first two.

Even with regular season records not in their favour, the Roughnecks and Rock are favourites among the ILIndoor staff to move onto the Division Finals. With their recent divisional semi-finals records, how can you choose against them?
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NLL Week 18 Staff Picks

The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)
The Western New York rivals play their fourth and final game of the 2014 season in Buffalo on Saturday. (Photo: Bill Wippert)

All nine teams will see action in five games in the last weekend of the regular season. The six playoff spots have been solidified – Edmonton, Calgary, and Colorado in the West and Rochester, Buffalo, and Toronto in the East.

To close out their record-breaking season, the Edmonton Rush (15-2) treat their fans to another home game as they host the Vancouver Stealth (4-12) on Friday night. The Stealth then return home Saturday to face the other Alberta powerhouse, the Calgary Roughnecks (11-6. READ MORE »


NLL Week 17 Staff Picks

Win and they're in! With a W over the Swarm on Saturday the Mammoth secure the NLL's last playoff berth. (Photo: Alex Carroll)
Win and they're in! With a W over the Swarm on Saturday the Mammoth secure the NLL's last playoff berth. (Photo: Alex Carroll)

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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NLL Week 16 Staff Picks

The third Battle of Alberta goes down Saturday as the undefeated Rush face the Roughnecks in Calgary. (Photo: Brad Watson)
The third Battle of Alberta goes down Saturday as the undefeated Rush face the Roughnecks in Calgary. (Photo: Brad Watson)

Five games in week 16 of the NLL. Four playoff berths secured. Three more weeks in the regular season. Two more playoff spots up for grabs. One thrilling weekend.

Already clinching the West Division title and 2014 top overall seed, the Edmonton Rush (14-0) start their two game road trip against the Mammoth (5-10) in Colorado on Friday night before returning north of the border to face the Calgary Roughnecks (10-5) on Saturday for the third Battle of Alberta this season. In the first two games, the Rush outscored the Roughnecks 30-15.
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NLL Week 15 Staff Picks

Can the Rush remain undefeated? Tune in Saturday when they host the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Can the Rush remain undefeated? Tune in Saturday when they host the Mammoth. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

Four more weeks. Four spots up for grabs. Six games in the National Lacrosse League this weekend. As of last weekend, the Rochester Knighthawks join the Edmonton Rush with a berth in the playoffs while all remaining seven teams are mathematically still in the running.

Last weekend Edmonton swept their East Division road trip; this weekend their provincial rivals will attempt to do the same. The Calgary Roughnecks (8-5) stop into Philadelphia to take on the Wings (5-9), with both teams on a two-game win streak. On Saturday, the Bandits (8-5) return to Buffalo after losing three on the road to host the Roughnecks.
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NLL Week 14 Staff Picks

The Rush are undefeated, Knighthawks undefeated at home. Which streak continues as the pair face-off Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)
The Rush are undefeated, Knighthawks undefeated at home. Which streak continues as the pair face-off Saturday in Rochester. (Photo: Cristan Anderson)

All five games in the NLL this weekend are inter-divisional matchups. With five weeks left in the regular season, only the Edmonton Rush have punched their ticket to the playoffs while each of the other eight teams are mathematically still in contention.

The Rush (11-0) set off for a two-game eastern road trip stopping in Rochester Saturday night and then Toronto on Sunday afternoon. While the Rush remain undefeated in all games, the Knighthawks (9-3) are undefeated at home this season. The Rock (4-6), anxious for another win, will be looking to use the home floor advantage against the league leaders. The Rush have faced both teams once so far this season, in Edmonton, defeating the pair by one goal in each game.
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