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NLL Week 20: Playoff Scenarios

The National Lacrosse League has released playoff clinching scenarios ahead of NLL Week 20 which features three games on the schedule Saturday night, April 21.


  • Buffalo can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a New England loss this week.
  • Rochester can clinch a playoff berth with a win.  They can also clinch a home playoff game with a win and a Buffalo loss.
  • Toronto is eliminated from playoff consideration with a loss.


The 2018 NLL regular season concludes in Week 21 with every team in action before the 2018 NLL Playoffs start the weekend of May 4-6.

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 the top seeds. The second seeds will host the third seeds in their respective division for the single-elimination Division Semifinal game in the first round. The second round of the playoffs has changed for this season and will now be played as a single-elimination contest. The top seed from each division will host the winner of the Division Semifinal between the second and third seeds for the Division Championships.

For the fourth-straight year, the Finals will be played as a full best-of-three series with the higher-seeded team hosting Game 1 and Game 3 (if necessary).