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1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
17:00:00
Vancouver
Toronto
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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Offseason changes to both rosters highlight 2018-19 Season Opener for Georgia and New England

East Division Rivals start season against each other for the second year in a row

The New England Black Wolves have a giant question looming ahead of its 2018-19 Season Opener against the Georgia Swarm this Saturday, Dec. 15: Will Kevin Crowley report to the team in time for Saturday’s game?

The NLL’s top goal scorer in 2017-18 was placed on New England’s protected player list earlier this week when active rosters were announced. The Black Wolves franchised Crowley over the summer, but efforts to get him to sign a multi-year deal over the offseason have been unsuccessful.

While Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark would certainly love to see the team’s most productive offensive weapon in action on Saturday at Infinite Energy Arena, Crowley’s potential absence should not overshadow the offseason work New England did to address its needs following the team’s early exit in the 2017-18 postseason.

“With or without Kevin, we knew we needed to change, because we still went and scored the second lowest (goal) total in the league last year,” Clark said. “Whether Kevin was in or Kevin was out, we needed to change the way the ball moved through different sticks, the way the offense was configured, and that continues to be the challenge for us.

“You move on; you adapt. I worry about what is here and not what’s not here.”

New England’s adaptation involved multiple trades to shore up both ends of the floor. Defenseman Andrew Suitor returns for his second stint with the franchise, and Ryan Fournier will take over faceoff duties for the Black Wolves.

The team also added defenseman Greg Downing as a free agent. Goaltender Alex Buque was acquired in a trade with Buffalo, and forward Tyler Digby joins the offense.

With the return of 2016 first-rounder Seth Oakes and selection of Dereck Downs in the 2018 Entry Draft, the Black Wolves are hoping the new offensive additions mesh with the returning veterans — like Callum Crawford, Stephan Leblanc and a healthy Kevin Buchanan — and that translates into more distributed success.

“We’ve got a group on the offensive side of the floor that’s committed to playing systematically, moving the ball, playing fast — which is the theme of the NLL now,” Clark said.

Brett Manney in transition | Photo Credit: Kyle Hess

The biggest defensive change came at the goalie position following last season’s starting netminder Aaron Bold joining the Vancouver Warriors via free agency. Buque now forms a tandem with 22-year-old Doug Jamieson. While there has been no official decision as to who gets the nod to start between the pipes against Georgia, both impressed the coaches in New England’s two preseason games last weekend.

“They looked solid,” Clark commented. “Dougie looks a lot more confident and a lot more aggressive in net, and he appears to be growing into that goalie that we thought he was going to be when we drafted him a couple of years ago.”

Georgia also went through a roster shakeup following its exit in last season’s East Division Finals. It was one of the teams hit hardest in the 2018 Expansion Draft, with forwards Kiel Matisz and Jordan Hall selected by the Philadelphia Wings.

The Swarm shifted transition players Jerome Thompson and Zed Williams to the offense full-time to address the holes created in the Expansion Draft. Holden Cattoni is the other new face on the Swarm offense, acquired in a trade with Calgary which sent Jesse King to the Roughnecks. The three join 2017 NLL MVP Lyle Thompson, Miles Thompson, Shayne Jackson and Randy Staats out the front door.

With Joel White on the protected players list and Ethan O’Connor in Buffalo via trade, Georgia focused on shoring up its defense in the 2018 Entry Draft and through free agency. With four new rookies — Brendan Bomberry (No. 7 overall), Adam Wiedemann (No. 8 overall), Joel Tinney (No. 18 overall) and 2018 MLL Defensive Player of the Year Matt Dunn — out the back door, Swarm head coach Ed Comeau is confident that the returning defensive veterans led by captains Jordan MacIntosh and Jason Noble will have a positive impact on the fresh Swarm faces.

Sellars and Stouros causing a turnover | Photo Credit: Kyle Hess

“I think our defensive core is really good,” he said. “Obviously, we’ve reassigned a couple of people from defense to offense, and losing Ethan O’Connor to trade and Joel White not playing really gives opportunities for other guys. But the fact that we have a strong core, I know that those players will do everything they can to help the young players that are stepping in and getting the opportunity to play and perform at this level.”

Entering his 14th season in the NLL, Mike Poulin will be the Swarm’s primary goaltender again. Poulin led the league in 2017-18 in minutes played with 1042:11, posting an 11-5 record to go along with is 11.69 GAA and .773 SV%.

The Swarm and Black Wolves will start their seasons against each other for the second year in a row. The two played in Mohegan Sun Arena to kick off the 2017-18 NLL season, and New England came away with a 13-11 win.

With home floor advantage now flipped, the Swarm will be seeking its fourth-straight Home Opener win. Georgia finished the 2017-18 season first in the East Division with an 11-7 record, following a six-game winning streak to clinch the East’s top spot in the final weekend of the regular season. Despite its -48 goal differential, New England sat in third place last season with a 9-9 record and went 1-2 in the season series against the Swarm.

Given the changes to New England’s roster over the offseason and abbreviated training camp, Comeau and the Swarm are concerned more with what they can control than what the final iteration of the Black Wolves will look like come Saturday.

“Early in the season, it’s really important to focus on your team, so that’s what we’re trying to do,” Comeau said. “We’re trying to focus on the Swarm and our players and our principles and what we need to do to be successful this weekend and throughout the season.”

Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m. ET. Fans can catch the game live via the B/R Live app available through iTunes, Google Play, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire

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