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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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Lacrosse Magazine: Nll West Preview

The National Lacrosse League’s 30th anniversary season opened up with two thrillers as part of NLL Face Off Weekend 2016 presented by New Era Cap which continues with four more openers this weekend. Preview the West Division with projections from NLL Hall of Fame writer Neil Stevens on Lacrosse Magazine below as teams begin their quest for the Champion’s Cup.

Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of the West Division, in projected order of finish.

1. SASKATCHEWAN RUSH

2015 Record: 13-5 (in Edmonton)
Playoffs: Beat Toronto in Champion’s Cup finals
Plus/Minus: +64

Top Two
Mark Matthews 53g 62a
Robert Church 37g, 55a

GM/Coach: Derek Keenan
Captain: Chris Corbeil

Last Champion’s Cup Title: 2015

Draft: Added depth on left side of offense by selecting forward Dan Taylor (Lehigh) 12th overall. He could free up Riley Loewen to play more of a transition role. … Added goaltending depth by taking Doug Buchan out of Burlington (Ont.) Junior A club 18th overall.

Major Changes: Pro lacrosse ventures into virgin territory of prairie province of Saskatchewan. … Forward Curtis Knight returns after missing 2015 season rehabbing from a knee injury. Knight led Rush with 35 goals in 2014.

Overview: The Rush started slowly last season and still wound up four wins clear of runner-up Colorado, and there was no doubt in the championship series that they were better than Toronto. Keenan has built a roster that could dominate the league for years.

2. CALGARY ROUGHNECKS

2015 Record: 7-11
Playoffs: Lost to Edmonton in West finals
Plus/Minus: -5

Top Two
Shawn Evans 47g, 83a (traded to New England)
Curtis Dickson 48g, 45a

Last Champion’s Cup Title: 2009

GM: Mike Board
Coach: Curt Malawsky
Captain: Mike Carnegie 

Draft: The Roughnecks got two exceptional forwards in Denver star Wes Berg at No. 3 and Georgetown captain Reilly O’Connor at No. 7. They then selected at No. 13 Drexel grad Mitch de Snoo, a defenseman who can play a transition role. (Calgary traded de Snoo to Buffalo for transition player Brandon Goodwin on Monday.) At draft position 15, Board took 18-year-old Coquitlam (B.C) goalie Christian Del Bianco.

Major Changes: The retirement of captain Andrew McBride, release of faceoff specialist Geoff Snider and trade departure of league scoring champion and MVP Shawn Evans shook things up like an 8.0-level earthquake. … Crease crasher Tyler Digby, who scored 38 goals last season, arrived in the Evans deal and he and Berg augment the right side. … Lefty forward Daryl Veltman went to Buffalo as a free agent, so O’Connor will try to earn that spot. … Veteran defender Jeff Moleski left as a free agent to Vancouver. … With two back-end openings, De Snoo is expected to get one of them.

Overview: Look for the Roughnecks to get back over .500. This franchise has never missed the playoffs, and it will stretch that streak through another season and be a formidable postseason foe.

3. COLORADO MAMMOTH

2015 Record: 9-9
Playoffs: Lost to Calgary in West Division semifinal
Plus/Minus: -6

Top Two
Adam Jones 51g, 42a
John Grant Jr. 34g, 57a

Last Champion’s Cup Title: 2006

GM: Steve Govett
Coaches: Dan Stroup, Chris Gill, Pat Coyle
Captain: Dan Coates

Draft: Waited until fourth round for a pick and selected Bryce Sweeting, who played defense with the Mammoth’s Robert Hope on the Peterborough (Ontario) junior team.

Major Changes: Free agents Callum Crawford and Greg Downing arrived from the Swarm via free agency. Crawford, whose output dropped last season when he was hampered by injuries, had a 95-point season three years ago. Govett hopes that is the player he’s getting. … Signed forward Jamie Lincoln after he was released by New England. … Released defender Dan Ball.

Overview: Back-end improvements are a necessity if the Mammoth are to take the next step.

4. VANCOUVER STEALTH

2015 Record: 5-13
Playoffs: Missed playoffs for second straight season
Plus/Minus: -54

Top Two
Rhys Duch 42g, 62a
Corey Small 32g, 43a

Last Champion’s Cup Title: 2010

GM: Doug Locker
Coach: Dan Perreault
Captain: Curtis Hodgson 

Draft: Locker got a couple of impressive forwards at the 19 and 21 spots. Jordan Durston helped the Six Nations Arrows win the last two Canadian junior championships. The lefty forward is a digger who can do much more than set picks. Shayne Adams, out of Detroit, is small but can score.

Major Changes: Tyler Richards’ retirement leaves the goaltending in the hands of youngsters Eric Penney and Cody Hagedorn. … Local product Garrett Billings, a former MVP finalist, joins the right side of the attack in place of Tyler Digby, the man sent to New England to get Billings. … Defender Jeff Moleski left Calgary to return to the Stealth as a free agent. … Defender Matt Beers returns after sitting out 2015. … Transition man Tyler Hass is on injured reserve until February. … Former captain Kyle Sorensen moves behind the bench as assistant coach in charge of the defense.

Overview: Injuries afflicted the defense in 2015. If the Stealth can play with a full deck this winter and get good goaltending from the least experienced goaltending tandem in the league, they’ll win more often. That’s a big if.

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