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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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GAME PICKS: NLL Week 2

A trio of matchups marks Week 2 of the 2018/19 National Lacrosse League season. The Warriors make their home debut in downtown Vancouver, while the world gets a first look at the expansion San Diego Seals. Let’s not overlook the always entertaining old school East Division rivalry whenever Toronto and Buffalo meet up.

 

All the action starts Friday night, let’s get to the game predictions!

 

NLL staff members Andy McNamara, Renee Washington, Devan Kaney, and Brian Shanahan deliver their game predictions every week.

 

Send us your picks @NLL on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the specific game hashtags for each match-up below.

 

Toronto Rock (0-0) at Buffalo Bandits (1-0) – Friday, 7:30pm ET

 

Andy

Few rivalries match the intensity of Toronto/Buffalo NLL battles over the years. The way both clubs are built for 2018 should produce some epic classics.

 

The Bandits edged out a road victory in front of the always rowdy Philly fans to shake off some of that offseason rust. Sophomore Josh Byrne was a stud setup man with seven assists, while newcomer Corey Small seem to fit right in by burying five goals.

 

Each team is stacked with offensive firepower and great goaltending. Plus a healthy “Captain America” Tom Schreiber for the Rock to ignite their attack cannot be overlooked. I’ll still give a close decision to Buffalo.

 

Pick: BANDITS

 

Shanny

 

Pick: ROCK

 

Renee

Toronto has a strong returning core with Challen Rogers, Rob Hellyer, and
a healthy Tom Schreiber. However, the Bandits are looking like a top team this season with the addition of Matt Vinc and Corey Small to an already talented group of Dhane Smith (If he is able to play Friday), Steve Priolo, Shawn Evans, and Josh Byrne. They spoke last game on their excitement to get to play back in front of their fans. So With a win and first game under their belt, I think they will win this matchup, but it will be a fun one to watch!

 

Pick: BANDITS

 

Devan

OK – I know this is the home opener in Banditland, but I’m going to go with the Rock on this one. People have counted Toronto out due to all of their injuries last season, but let’s not forget this team had the top scoring offense in the East and they haven’t taken too many L’s in terms of lost talent in the off-season. The Bandits have a lot of talent as well, but based on last week’s performance, they have a lot of teambuilding to do in order to play like one cohesive unit. My money is on the now-healthy Tom Schreiber and the Rock.

 

Pick: ROCK

 

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Calgary Roughnecks (0-1) at Vancouver Warriors (1-0) – Friday, 10pm ET

 

Andy

The second leg of a western home and home is setting up to be a can’t miss clash. The newly revamped Vancouver franchise started off the Warriors era with a 14-13 overtime victory in Calgary. Can the Roughnecks return the favor of ruining a home opener?

 

We know they are evenly matched, however, i’ll bet on the goaltending of the Roughnecks Christian Del Bianco over the inconsistent (yet at times brilliant) Aaron Bold. I don’t know if this encounter will also go to OT, but it should be within a couple of goals.

 

Pick: ROUGHNECKS

 

Shanny

 

Pick: ROUGHNECKS

 

Renee

This is a tough pick after the excitement of last game’s overtime thriller. Behind Logan Schuss’ two goals and three assists to force OT, Vancouver came back and got the win at the Saddledome.

 

Calgary Head Coach Curt Malawsky said, “They were hooting and hollering in our rink, and making sure we heard it.” The Roughnecks still feel the sting of that loss, but I don’t think it’s enough to win Friday. Dane Dobbie had five goals, three assists in the first half and just one point in the second half. I picked against Vancouver, but I’m not doing that again. I think this underdog team boxes in Dobbie all game and pick up where they left off in the fourth quarter and overtime.

 

Pick: WARRIORS

 

Devan

The Roughnecks are out for revenge and they’re going to get it! This is a team that won every aspect of last week’s game on paper. They have the talent (even though they are still down two key players), the coaching, and the drive to be a really great team. Last week’s loss to the Warrior’s came down to that one goal in OT. If Del Bianco can step it up and Dane Dobbie gets a bit more help on offense, Calgary will take this game.

 

Pick: ROUGHNECKS

 

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San Diego Seals (0-0) at Colorado Mammoth (0-0) – Saturday, 9pm ET

 

Andy

This expansion San Diego franchise has built itself up the right way. A terrific mixture of established veterans with a stellar rookie class (including 1st overall pick Austin Staats) makes them instantly competitive. Unfortunately for Seals fans they’ll need to wait for that first victory as they visit Colorado and a Mammoth crew that is ready to give Saskatchewan a run for their money as kings of the West Division. I’ll roll with as complete a team as you’ll find in the NLL.

 

Pick: MAMMOTH

 

Shanny

 

Pick: MAMMOTH

 

Renee

I am not sure what to expect from Head Coach Pat Merrill and his new team. Players like Austin Staats, Brodie Merrill, and Adrian Sorichetti will have a big impact on the Seals, but for game one it is tough to beat the Mammoth at the Loud House.

 

On paper, the Mammoth are looking like a top team in the West Division that will not only get back to the playoffs, but past the first round. I think Ryan Benesch, Stephen Keogh, Joey Cupido, Jeremy Noble, and the Mammoth start that journey to the finals on Saturday.

 

Pick: MAMMOTH

 

Devan

Hot take – the Mammoth will be the best team in the league this season. This team has a lot of the same guys returning on offense as well as Dan Coates coming back from an ACL injury on D. Oh, and let’s not forget they have arguably the best goaltender in the league in Dillon Ward. Now I would be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to see San Diego play – I mean, have you SEEN the talent on that team?! Rookie-of-the-year shoe-in Austin Staats, veteran (and brother of the coach) Brodie Merrill, and Dan Dawson just to name a few…But I think Colorado has the experience and those guys have been looking for their chance to de-throne the Rush in the West, and this is their year. Mammoth are taking the “W” at home.

 

Pick: MAMMOTH

 

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Andy McNamara has been a play-by-play commentator for the NLL on TSN, NLLTV.com, and world lacrosse tournaments since 2011. He’s also a sport talk host and anchor on TSN 1050 sports radio. Follow Andy on twitter @AndyMc81.

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