The undefeated Edmonton Rush (7-0) stayed atop the NLL Power Rankings for the fourth-straight week. (Photo: Dale MacMillan)
After another busy weekend of National Lacrosse League action, IL Indoor's Brian Shanahan has released his NLL Power Rankings after Week 8. Not many big movers in the ranks as teams have started to show their true colors. But things can change quickly in one of the world's most competitive sports leagues, which will make things exciting down the stretch with the playoff race heating up.
"Week 8 was the weekend of blowouts as the five games were all decided by margins of five goals or more," Shanahan writes. "Aside from the big scores, there were also very little in terms of surprises as the NLL’s top three teams (Edmonton, Buffalo and Rochester) each won their games with authority.
"In Buffalo, the Bandits avenged their season-opening night loss against the Wings by defeating them 13-7. In Toronto, the Rochester Knighthawks took almost half a game to get into high gear and turned a 7-5 deficit into a 17-9 victory. Edmonton won their 7th straight game to open the season as they defeated the Minnesota Swarm 14-9. Their next game (against the Toronto Rock), which will be televised on TSN2 and ESPN3, will give them a chance to tie the 1993 Buffalo Bandits record of 8 straight wins. The Vancouver Stealth were on both ends of blowouts as they defeated the Colorado Mammoth 19-9 and then lost in Calgary by a similar 20-9 score 24 hours later. Let’s check out the Power Rankings."
1) Edmonton Rush (7-0)
The Rush were actually more dominant against the Minnesota Swarm than the 14-9 score indicates. They were leading 12-4 after three periods before the Swarm made it look closer in the final quarter. Edmonton has next weekend off but will play the Toronto Rock on Friday February 28th when they attempt to equal the 1993 Buffalo Bandits record of 8 straight victories to open the season.
2) Buffalo Bandits (6-2)
From Anthony Cosmo’s goaltending to defence and offence the Buffalo Bandits were good from start to finish in all aspects of their 13-7 win over the Philadelphia Wings on Saturday. The Bandits now have two weeks off and then meet the Minnesota Swarm on March 8th.