Toronto's Garrett Billings currently holds the NLL's single-season assists record with 79, and is 10 points shy of breaking John Tavares' record of 115 in one season. Billings and the Rock will face Edmonton on Saturday. (Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo)
With one week remaining in the regular season, one of the league's single season records for offense has been set, and another may fall as well. To add to the excitement, there are two players actively chasing the numbers.
The league's previous single season record for assists (74) has been surpassed by two players this season: Dan Dawson of the Philadelphia Wings and Garrett Billings of the Toronto Rock. Dawson surpassed the record on April 7 and has 77 assists with one game remaining.
Billings, who entered this past Friday's game against Washington with 73 assists, tallied six assists to not only surpass the old record, but move ahead of Dawson to establish a new record of 79 assists, with one game remaining. Billings was originally credited with four assists in the game. Upon league review of the Toronto goals in the contest, he was credited with an additional two assists for a final score sheet line of a goal and six assists, increasing his season total to 79.
When the Rock meet Edmonton later on Saturday, Billings could also end up claiming the single-season overall scoring record with a big game. He has 106 points, nine points behind the single-season points record of 115 set by John Tavares’ record in 2001.
Billings is four points behind Colorado’s John Grant Jr., who leads the NLL with 110 - including a league-best 48 goals - going into the Mammoth’s game Saturday at Minnesota.
With one game remaining for Billings, Dawson & Grant, here are the numbers heading into the games of April 28, the final night of the regular season:
(Record: 115, John Tavares in 2001)
Grant - 110
Billings - 106
Dawson - 100
Billings - 79
Dawson - 77
Grant - 62
(New record has been established, previous mark was 74 in 2009 set by Dawson and Josh Sanderson)