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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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First Mission: Rush & Stealth Aim For West’S Top Spot

Wins are equally important at all stages of the year, and this week’s matchup between the Edmonton Rush (4-4) and the Vancouver Stealth (4-4) for first place might prove to be as crucial as it will ever be. The Stealth will make its first visit to Rexall Place this season on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on NLL LIVE in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada.

This will be the final game of a four-game homestand for the Rush who have suffered back-to-back overtime losses to Toronto and Calgary. There have been moments in both games where they were playing well and had opportunities to win, but those moments don’t show up in the standings.

For Edmonton general manager and head coach Derek Keenan, the team’s play hasn’t been consistent at the level it needs to be.

“I don’t think we’re playing well,” Keenan said. “Our compete level is not where it should be, where it has been in the past, and it needs to be better. I think we need to play with more grit, there’s some things on defense that we’ve done uncharacteristically that we haven’t in the last couple weeks, and we need to fix it. I think the biggest thing is…our guys have become a little bit complacent and we need to get back to that urgency we’ve played with in the past.”

One would be hard pressed to say the Rush’s defense is struggling, but it has the reputation of being the best group in the league, a title that doesn’t come without expectations. They have allowed 28 goals in their last two games, a number the team would like to be much lower.

“Our defense hasn’t been like it’s been in the past and we’re hoping to change that this weekend,” said Rush defender Ryan Dilks. “Vancouver’s got a lot of firepower, they’re playing well, and obviously coming off of a huge 20-goal game, they’re going to be clicking again. We’ll have to be ready and we’ll have to play our A-game.”

Saturday night marks the first time Corey Small will be back at Rexall Place after being traded to the Stealth earlier this season. Small was drafted ninth overall in the 2009 NLL Draft by the Edmonton Rush and was a key part of their offense since his inception into the league. The Rush played all of last season without Small, and after a 0-2 start, decided to part ways to get back to the offensive setup that made them successful during its record-breaking regular season. In five games with the Stealth, Small has 32 points (13+19), and sits second on the team with 6.4 points per game.

“We obviously feel great for Corey, that he’s doing so well,” said Keenan. “He’s a great kid, he’s the first kid I drafted in Edmonton. I have a lot of strong feelings about him as a person and he’s a great player so I’m glad to see him do well. We hope to deter him a bit this weekend though that’s for sure.

“He’s a unique player, because he shoots the ball so well. If he gets an inch to shoot the ball, he’s going to score quite often.”

If Edmonton is to be successful Saturday night, they will have to shut down not only Small, but the rest of a high-powered Stealth offense that averages 14.25 goals per game, the best in the league.

The Stealth must have enjoyed its bye week considering they didn’t play a game yet moved from a second place to a share of top spot in the NLL’s West Division. And Vancouver can grab sole possession of top spot with a victory this weekend as they head into Edmonton’s Rexall Place to play the Rush in a battle of 4-4 teams.

It is the first meeting of the season between the two teams and they come in on opposite streaks. The Stealth have won three of its past four games to get back to .500 while the Rush have dropped a pair of overtime games to fall to 4-4.

“I am sure we are going to face a real hungry Edmonton team,” said Stealth coach Dan Perreault. “I am sure they are not happy losing a couple of overtime (games).”

Rhys Duch, the Stealth’s leading scorer with 22 goals and 52 points, is happy the team’s on a roll, but knows how quickly things can change — after all, the Stealth had an early-season three-game losing streak themselves.

“A 4-4 season isn’t your highest plan when you are first staring, but to have a chance at first is a positive thing,” he said. “CH (Chris Hall) always told us to get wins at the beginning of the year; it seems a lot easier than to get them at the end of the year when you really need them. (But) every game is important in an 18-game season.”

This is the first of five straight games for Vancouver against Edmonton and Colorado (4-5) the two teams they are jockeying with for playoff positioning. The Stealth are coming off its most impressive win of the season, scoring a season-high 21 goals in a 21-15 victory over the Minnesota Swarm two weeks ago.

“Anytime you score 20 goals, you are doing something right,” Duch said. “We have had success on that side of the ball. That being said, we haven’t played a defense like Edmonton. They are kind of unique in this league. They have been one of the strongest for a couple of years. It is going to be a test to see if we can keep that high output going.”

The Rush have allowed a league-low 82 goals on the season while the Stealth counter with the second most-potent offense. A big part of that has been the addition of Corey Small — who came over from Edmonton in January.

Perreault said that Small — who is averaging more than six points per game with Vancouver — has been a great fit for the team, using his tremendous shot and displaying good chemistry with his new teammates. One more win and the Stealth will surpass last seasons total of four victories.

“We try not to talk about last year just because of the way things went,” said Duch, adding that the team needs to stay hungry for the second half of the season and not get complacent.

By Mike Wilson (@RushBeat) & Gary Ahuja (@VanStealthBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Dale MacMillan.

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