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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
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
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
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
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 Week 18: Playoff Scenarios

The National Lacrosse League has released playoff scenarios for Week 18 of the 2017 NLL regular season. In the last week of regular season, this weekend’s lineup features two games on Friday night with the Rochester Knighthawks hosting the Georgia Swarm & Colorado Mammoth hosting the Saskatchewan Rush.  Four games will be played on Saturday night, the New England Black Wolves will host the Vancouver Stealth, Georgia Swarm host Rochester Knighthawks, the Buffalo Bandits will host the Toronto Rock & the Twitter Game of the Week will send the Saskatchewan Rush to the Calgary Roughnecks.

EAST DIVISION

Georgia Swarm (12-4)
Georgia have clinched the East Division title, which includes a home playoff game in Game Two of the East Division Finals.

Georgia will clinch the best overall record in the League with:
1.       One win this weekend vs. Rochester, OR
2.       One loss by Saskatchewan this weekend, either at Colorado or at Calgary.

a.       Georgia won the season series vs. Saskatchewan, 1-0.

New England Black Wolves (8-9)
New England will clinch a playoff berth with:
1.       One loss by Rochester this weekend vs. Georgia.

New England will clinch a playoff berth AND a first round home playoff game with:
1.       A win Saturday vs. Vancouver, OR
2.       A Toronto loss Saturday at Buffalo.

a.      New England won the season series vs. Toronto, 2-0.

b.      In case of a three-way tie between New England, Rochester, and Toronto:

i.      New England is 4-2 (.667) vs ROC & TOR
ii.     Rochester is 3-4 (.429) vs NE & TOR
iii.    Toronto is 2-3 (.400) vs NE & ROC

New England will be eliminated from playoff contention with:
A loss Saturday vs. Vancouver, AND two (2) Rochester wins vs. Georgia, AND a Toronto win Saturday at Buffalo.

Toronto Rock (8-9)
Toronto will clinch a playoff berth with:
1.       A win Saturday at Buffalo, OR

a.       Toronto would be 9-9 and cannot be caught for third place.

2.       One Rochester loss this weekend vs. Georgia, OR

a.       Rochester would have 11 losses and could not catch Toronto.

3.       A New England win Saturday vs. Vancouver.

a.       New England would have 9 wins and finish second.

b.      Toronto and Rochester would finish in a tie at 8-10.

c.       Toronto won the season series, 2-1.

Toronto will clinch a playoff berth AND a first round home playoff game with:
1.       A win Saturday at Buffalo AND a New England loss Saturday vs. Vancouver.

a.       Toronto finishes 9-9 and New England 8-10.

Toronto will be eliminated from playoff contention with:
1.        A loss Saturday at Buffalo, AND two Rochester wins vs Georgia, AND a New England loss Saturday vs. Vancouver

a.        Toronto, New England, and Rochester would finish in a three-way tie at 8-10.  Toronto is eliminated, as outlined in the three-way tiebreaker described above in the New England scenarios.

Rochester Knighthawks (6-10)
Rochester will clinch a playoff berth with:
1.       Two wins this weekend vs. Georgia AND a New England loss Saturday vs. Vancouver.

a.       In the event of a two-way tie at 8-10 with New England, Rochester advances due to head-to-head scoring differential
b.       In the event of a three-way tie at 8-10 with New England and Toronto, Rochester advances due to the three-way tiebreaker described above in the New England scenarios.

Rochester will be eliminated from playoff contention with:
1.       One loss vs Georgia this weekend, OR
2.       A New England win Saturday vs Vancouver

a.        Rochester can only advance in tiebreaker scenarios where New England finishes 8-10, as outlined above.

b.        In the event New England finishes 9-9, Rochester loses the head-to-head tiebreaker vs Toronto (lost season series 1-2).

Buffalo Bandits (6-11)
Buffalo have been ELIMINATED from playoff consideration.

WEST DIVISION

Saskatchewan Rush (11-5)
Saskatchewan have clinched the West Division Regular Season Title, which includes a home playoff game in Game Two of the West Division Finals.

Saskatchewan will clinch the best overall record in the League with:
1.       Two wins this weekend at Colorado and Calgary AND two Georgia losses this weekend vs. Rochester.

a.       Georgia won the season series vs. Saskatchewan, 1-0.

Colorado Mammoth (9-8)
Colorado have clinched a playoff spot.

Colorado will clinch a first round home playoff game with:
1.       A win Friday vs. Saskatchewan, OR
2.       A Vancouver loss Saturday vs. New England.

Vancouver Stealth (8-9)
Vancouver have clinched a playoff spot.

Vancouver will clinch a home playoff game with:
1.       A win Saturday vs. New England AND a Colorado loss Friday vs. Saskatchewan.

a.       Vancouver won the season series vs. Colorado, 3-1.

Calgary Roughnecks (7-10)
Calgary have been ELIMINATED from playoff consideration.

The 2017 NLL regular season concludes in Week 18 with every team in action before the 2017 NLL Playoffs start the weekend of May 5-7.

A total of six NLL teams, the top three clubs in each division’s standings, will qualify for the playoffs. The two regular season division champions will earn a first-round bye as top seeds. The second seed will host the third seed in their respective division for the single-game elimination Division Semifinal in the first round. The first two rounds of the playoffs shall remain under the same format as last year with single elimination for both first-round Division Semifinal games along with a two-game series for the Division Finals.

The top seed from each division plays the winner of the Division Semifinal game between the second and third seeds, with the lower-seeded team hosting the first game and the higher seed hosting the second game of the series. As adopted for 2014, a 10-minute tiebreaker game will be played immediately following Game 2 of the Division Finals should the series be tied, 1-1.

For the second-straight year, the Champion’s Cup Finals expand to a full best-of-three series with the higher-seeded team hosting Game 1 and Game 3 (if necessary).

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