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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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Nll Power Rankings On Il Indoor

So as the 2015 National Lacrosse League season unfolds this weekend, ILIndoor once again puts its neck on the line with our annual pre-season poll. Six of us got together to list the 9 teams in order of strength, giving 9 points for every first-place vote, 8 for second place, and so on. And as you’ll see, the top tier is anything but consensus. Three teams are clear front-runners but the back of the pack has plenty of potential to make some noise. So check it out. Agree? Disagree? Got your own poll to offer? Let your voice be heard over at the forums.

1) Edmonton Rush (50 points, 4 first-place votes)

“The Rush lost Curtis Knight on offence to injury but gained back Corey Small and Ben McIntosh. Their defence is still the best in the league and Aaron Bold plays tall behind them. Add in the team’s constant threat to score in transition and they have no weak areas. They are a year older, wiser and better. The only question is how losing coach Derek Keenan behind the bench will affect the club. Can they continue on under his system without losing a beat?” – Ty Pilson


 
“Although I think missing Curtis Knight is a bigger story than the attention it has received, the Rush still have an amazingly deep and complete team. They’ll miss Derek Keenan as well, but he has taught them well and they’ll be motivated to win for him and Wendy.” – Stephen Stamp

“The Rush have just about everyone back and might be a tad better with some stronger balance up front. Dominating the 2014regular season and coming up short in the playoffs will have them playing with a purpose. Motivated and talented. Is there a more dangerous combination?” – Bob Chavez

“Team depth has a decent schedule and everything in line for a successful season.” –Marty O’Neill

“Even after going 14-2, there’s no doubt this club has something to prove and will come into 2015 with redemption on their mind. Adding McIntosh and getting Small back will finally give them the most balanced team in the league on both sides of the ball.” – Teddy Jenner

2) Rochester Knighthawks (48, 1)

“The champs only got better with the offensive additions of Hall, Wilson and Attwood. The pressure for the 4-peat will be with them all year long but as we’ve seen in the past three years, this club finds its form in late April.” – Teddy Jenner

“Four-peat? We’ll spare you the mathematical odds of that and how monumental a task it is. After years of a very even keel with little turnover, Rochester made a lot of moves in the off-season. How will that affect them? Chemistry has been key for this club. Having Jeremy Noble choose to sit out rather than play in Rochester due to work issues is also a massive blow to the club. Will they make a big trade? If they do, we’re talking about even more new blood.” – Ty Pilson

“Until the champs are unseated, they remain No. 1 in my book. Not many teams can lose a talent like Johnny Powless and end up getting a little bit better. The addition of Jordan Hall and Aaron Wilson should help Rochester keep its pace as long as the defense continues to play the way it does. And really, is there anything to suggest it won’t?” – Bob Chavez

“The K-Hawks will have to battle Buffalo early on and there will be casualties. Rocho has good depth and a nice April schedule.” – Marty O’Neill

“No Johnny Powless? No problem for a K-Hawks team that brought Jordan Hall back into the fold. Rochester is almost as deep as Edmonton and they are very resilient. They also appear to be the clear favourites to come out of the East.” – Stephen Stamp

3) Calgary Roughnecks (46, 1)

“The Riggers have a deep, explosive offence, they’re dangerous in transition and their defence should perform better than last year, especially with Jeff Moleski added to the mix. If Mike Poulin returns to his goalie of the year form from a couple of years ago, they will be especially dangerous.” – Stephen Stamp

“The Roughnecks are eager to atone for losing in last year’s Champion’s Cup finals, and they have pretty much everyone back. They’ve got one of the best transition games in the league and the offense is versatile and potent. They’re serious contenders.” – Bob Chavez

“The Riggers don’t have the depth of Edmonton and Rochester so staying healthy is key.” – Marty O’Neill

“Added some grit on the back end with Moleski and easily have the best two-way game in the NLL. Mouse will have his team ready from the get go and ready to get back to the title game. Minimal roster turnover is a huge plus.” – Teddy Jenner

“The Riggers had very little turnover in the off-season, essentially returning their whole roster, minus Scott Ranger who retired. They moved Matthew Dinsdale up to offence and added Jeff Moleski on defence. Cohesion and consistency should be the club’s greatest attributes. That and their potent offence, of course.” – Ty Pilson

4) Buffalo Bandits (29)

“The Bandits were much improved last winter, but it wasn’t enough to get over the hump. They’ve added some nice young legs to the back end to spark transition, but the biggest question up front is age. They’ve improved, but did they improve enough to catch up with Rochester?” – Bob Chavez

“Can the Bandits win one for JT? Another year under Cordingley’s watch and this team will be even more prepared than last year. Discipline has to be paramount in 2015 as will staying healthy. Coz will have to have another MVP worthy year in net.” – Teddy Jenner

“Bandit and should be home to some big divisional tilts this year. Key players must have consistent years for this team to go far.” – Marty O’Neill

“This is where the drop-off happens in terms of favourites. Buffalo is very good but doesn’t seem as complete a team as Edmonton, Rochester or Calgary. Can Dhane Smith be even better than he was last year? Does Anthony Cosmo have another stellar season in him? Will the defence be able to overcome the loss of Rory Smith without losing effectiveness? The answers to those questions will determine how far the Bandits can go in the playoffs.” – Stephen Stamp

5) Toronto Rock (27)

“Most improved team in the off-season will have a top notch defense and a new transition game. Offense is the question mark.” – Marty O’Neill

“The defence should be much improved with Brodie Merrill, Jeff Gilbert and Brock Sorensen added. The big question is how much the offence will be affected by the absence of Colin Doyle and Garrett Billings.” – Stephen Stamp

“The Rock did some great off-season work to their back end and transition, now they just have to find out if the chemistry is there. Starting the season without Garrett Billings and Colin Doyle could impede a quick start but they’ll need to find a way to make it happen so they’re not forced to play catch-up late in the season.” – Bob Chavez

“No Doyle, Billings is out for the first bit of the year and the loss of T will weigh on this team in the early days of the year. Pressure will be on Lovell to get this group running from Day 1. Great make up, youth and vets, but can they compete with Buff/Roc?” – Teddy Jenner

6) Colorado Mammoth (24)

“The Woolies have an offense with potential to score multiple goals. Goaltending is settled so all systems are go.” – Marty O’Neill

“The Mammoth have excellent top end players but just don’t appear to have accumulated the depth that some other teams have in these days when there are so many good players battling for so few spots in the league. Also, the second year can be a tough one for young goalies. Dillon Ward is for real, but he could still struggle as the league adjusts to him this year.” – Stephen Stamp

“Offensively, they are a balanced mix of size youth and speed. Defensively, they have a group of ball-hawks that will look to limit the chances faced by Dillon Ward. They need to win at home to have a chance in 2015.” – Teddy Jenner

“The Mammoth already have a solid offense, but they beefed up the D and believe they have the right pieces in place to field a more athletic defense that can move the ball. Dillon Ward showed he can steal momentum in goal, so if the Mammoth can get their defense and transition on the same page, they could make some noise.” – Bob Chavez

7) Vancouver Stealth (23)

“They lost 5 of their top d-men from last year; will the addition of Hass, Smith and Burton be able to counter that? The addition of Powless will complement Duch on the other side of the floor but they are going to have be even more balanced in 2015. Richards will need to find his 2010/2011 form for this club to succeed.” – Teddy Jenner

“The team is improved but familiarity and some size are gone from the defensive side. Do Powless and Duch equal a playoff spot?” – Marty O’Neill

“The Stealth’s defence struggled mightily last year. How will they be better when they’ve lost Mike Grimes, Jeff Moleski and Nick Weiss? The additions of Rory Smith, Tyler Hass and Tyler Burton will help, but it’s a valid question and the main reason they’re still a ways behind Calgary and Edmonton for supremacy in the West.” – Stephen Stamp

“The Stealth did a lot of work in adding guys like Johnny Powless, Tyler Hass and Rory Smith, among others. But they also lost some big names so the key for this team is finding chemistry ASAP. Playing the same division as Calgary and Edmonton doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room for error.” – Bob Chavez

8) Minnesota Swarm (12)

“Losing Jeff Gilbert, Brock Sorensen and Tyler Hass from the defence/transition will make it awfully tough for the Swarm to remain competitive this year, especially when they don’t have a goalie who has ever been a regular starter in the NLL.” – Stephen Stamp

“The Swarm will miss the stick of Logan Schuss, but Miles Thompson has shown already he’s got tremendous potential. He’s one of a few new faces on offense, so the unit will need to click early to support the work of Thompson and veteran Callum Crawford. A new goalie presents another issue, giving the defensive runners the challenge of adjusting to become a cohesive unit.” – Bob Chavez

“The Swarm/Mammoth are two teams that can play the spoiler in their respective divisions. Minny brought in some good energy to replace the talent lost in the offseason.” – Marty O’Neill

“Swarm continue to retool their lineup every year and it never seems to make a difference. Crawford and Jackson are the only returning players from an offence that was last in the league with 180 goals. Suitor and MacIntosh will be horses all year as usual.” – Teddy Jenner

9) New England Black Wolves (6)

“The Black Wolves aren’t ranked No. 9 for me because they’re bad, they’re just unknown. Lots of turnovers with the move from Philadelphia, especially up front. How quickly this team gels from front to back is key, and it’ll probably have to play over its head to keep up with the rest of the East Division.” – Bob Chavez

“Don’t panic, new New England fans. This team is putting something together that should be good. It just won’t be this year. But when the young players New England is building around gain some experience in pro lacrosse, the Black Wolves should be consistently difficult to beat.”– Stephen Stamp

“Can the Black Wolves escape the shadows of the dark ages from Philadelphia? Nearly 60% roster turnover. Too many questions and not enough answers for this club. Let’s just hope the product on/off the floor results in solid attendance at the Casino.” – Teddy Jenner

“So much turnover each year it will be hard to find an identity in season. Veteran leadership is in question.” – Marty O’Neill

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