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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
8:00 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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Game Picks: Nll Week 8

By: Andy McNamara – Staff Writer

An incredibly busy weekend across the National Lacrosse League as Week 8 delivers seven games. As we approach the midway point of the season this is where teams can start to separate themselves for better or worse.

This season NLL staff members Andy McNamara, Mia Gordon, Tyson Geick, and Brian Shanahan deliver their game predictions every week. Here are the standings so far:
Team                 Wins      Losses     GB
1. Mia                  14              7            —
2. Shanny           14              7            —
3. Tyson             13              8             1
4. Andy              12              9             2
Send us your picks @NLL on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the specific game hashtags for each match-up below.

Georgia Swarm (5-1) at Toronto Rock (4-1) – Friday, 7:30pm ET

Andy

Top spot in the East and best record in the NLL is on the line as the Swarm and Rock meet for the first time this season. Georgia’s goalie Mike Poulin was pulled early last week and lost his previous start, while Toronto’s Nick Rose is number one in the league for GAA and save percentage. Both teams can score, but I’ll take the Rock’s superior defense here.

Pick – Rock

Mia

This is probably the toughest game to pick all weekend. Both teams have been on fire as of late but Toronto’s defense has been getting better and better each week. Yes the Swarm have a slew of offensive powerhouses, but something tells me Nick Rose will be able tough to get past, especially on home turf and during his bobblehead night.

Pick – Rock

Tyson

Pick – Rock

Shanny

Pick – Rock

Tweet @NLL your prediction using #GEOvsTOR

New England Black Wolves (2-4) at Buffalo Bandits (1-4) – Friday, 7:30pm ET

Andy

This is a season defining weekend for these clubs as a sweep either way could wipe the other out of the playoff race. The Bandits lone victory came at home while New England is winless on the road. Buffalo also has the benefit of being rested up off the bye week.

Pick – Bandits

Mia

I have a feeling the Bandits are going to come out fired up in this one. With fresh legs post bye week, and playing against a team that has struggled on the road I have to go with Buffalo taking this one.

Pick – Bandits

Tyson

Pick – Black Wolves

Shanny

Pick – Bandits

Tweet @NLL your prediction using #NEvsBUF

Toronto Rock (???) at Rochester Knighthawks (2-4) – Saturday, 7:30pm ET

Andy

Second game of a back-to-back are never easy, nevermind when it’s on the road in a building that has historically not been friendly to the Rock. For the Knighthawks, former NLL Transition Player of the Year is looking much more comfortable with his new teammates and the trio of rookies keep getting better. I’m going to count Rochester’s usually strong defense giving up an insightly 21-goals to the Rush last weekend as a hiccup.

This division rivalry is always intense. The score will be low with the Rock running out of gas late, allowing Rochester to sneak by.

Pick – Knighthawks

Mia

The Rochester Knighthawks are such a tricky team right now. They have moments of brilliance and then slumps, and it is because of their inconsistency I have to go with the Rock. Sure the Knighthawks proved me wrong last time, let’s see if they can make it 2-for-2.

Pick – Rock

Tyson

Pick – Rock

Shanny

Pick – Rock

Tweet @NLL your prediction using #ROCvsTOR

Colorado Mammoth (4-3) at Saskatchewan Rush (4-2) – Saturday, 8:30pm ET

Andy

Colorado’s netminder Dillon Ward shut up to third spot in my ”NLL Goaltender Power Rankings” so I don’t think we’ll be seeing another 20-plus goal outburst by the Rush like we saw this past weekend. Mammoth are battlers, but the roll Saskatchewan is on and the fact they’re at home on a Saturday night…no way I’m betting against the Rush.

Pick – Rush

Mia

I have a feeling this will be another close one. Colorado has quietly sneaked up in the standings, but the Rush are playing like a team that has won back to back championships and I can’t really see anyone stopping them with how they are performing right now.

Pick – Rush

Tyson

Pick – Rush

Shanny

Pick – Rush

Tweet @NLL your prediction using #COLvsSAS

Vancouver Stealth (2-5) at Calgary Roughnecks (3-3) – Saturday, 9pm ET

Andy

The Stealth is in full free-fall mode, losing five straight after a hot 2-0 start. Calgary has something to prove coming off of a defeat at the hands of the visiting Rock and I have no confidence in Vancouver right now.

Pick – Roughnecks

Mia

This is a must win game for both teams, but despite how strong Vancouver has been upfront, their defense has been lacking. Calgary has more of an all around game right now, and I expect their vets to step up big after falling in the division.

Pick – Roughnecks

Tyson

Pick – Roughnecks

Shanny

Pick – Roughnecks

Tweet @NLL your prediction using #VANvsCAL

Buffalo Bandits (???) at New England Black Wolves (???) – Sunday, 1pm ET

Andy

Black Wolves are a totally different team on their home turf and Buffalo has been unable to convert a ”W” on the road. The second of two meetings this weekend ends in a split as each club continues to try and keep pace in the East.

Pick – Black Wolves

Mia

I gave the first game of this home and home to the Bandits, but this one I have to give to the Black Wolves. They have been perfect so far at home, and I feel the 7th man has been a big part of their wins so far this season. Something about playing at the Mohegan Sun.

Pick – Black Wolves

Tyson

Pick – Black Wolves

Shanny

Pick – Black Wolves

Tweet @NLL your prediction using #BUFvsNE

Rochester Knighthawks (???) at Georgia Swarm (???) – Sunday, 6:05pm ET

Andy

The Swarm are always dangerous, but take it to another level when in Georgia where they are a perfect 3-0. Rochester will be coming off a hard fought battle with Toronto the night before and then have to jump on a plane down south for this matchup. Everything points to a big Swarm win here.

Pick – Swarm

Mia

Georgia return home and I feel their veteran presence will be too much for the young Knighthawks squad. Unless Rochester figures out how to play a full 60 minutes this season, it is going to be tough for them to beat a team like the Swarm.

Pick – Swarm

Tyson

Pick – Swarm

Shanny

Pick – Swarm

Tweet @NLL your prediction using #ROCvsGEO

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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