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Fri, Dec 2
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Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
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19
Sat, Dec 3
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15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
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11
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Sat, Dec 3
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11
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20:30:00
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Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
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Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
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WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
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Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
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Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
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Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
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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
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Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
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16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
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Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
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Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
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Panther City
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15:00:00
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Rochester
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Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
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19:00:00
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19:00:00
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Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
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Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
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Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
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Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
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Vancouver
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22:30:00
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21:00:00
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13:00:00
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18:00:00
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19:00:00
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21:00:00
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Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
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22:30:00
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20
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20:30:00
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18:00:00
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19:00:00
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20:00:00
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21:30:00
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22:00:00
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15:00:00
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19:00:00
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Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
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Stephan Leblanc set for emotional return to Toronto as Black Wolves battle Rock

Long-time Rock forward returns for 1st time in orange and black

For Toronto Rock fans, it will be a strange sight: Watching Stephan Leblanc step on to the Air Canada Centre floor wearing the orange-and-black trimmed uniform of the New England Black Wolves.

The former Rock veteran returns to Toronto for the first time as a visitor when the East-Division leading Black Wolves (4-1) battle the Rock (3-2) on Saturday night in Toronto.

The Rock’s former first-round pick in 2009 spent parts of nine seasons in Toronto and became one of the faces of the franchise. Just a few of his career highlights with the Rock include scoring the winning goal in the Rock’s 2011 championship victory along with his 601 career points with the team –  a number that places him fourth in Toronto’s deep franchise history.

After an 0-2 start to the season, Toronto’s decision to part ways with the veteran on Dec. 20 in exchange for talented defender/transition player Sheldon Burns sent shock waves through the NLL.

“Even when I was playing in Toronto, I would always wonder what it would be like to come in as a visitor,” Leblanc admitted this week to NLL.com. “I guess I’ll find out on Saturday. I’ve got no hard feelings. The Rock made the choice that they needed a player that could bring some transition and some defense and they felt they could part ways with me.”

 

Coveted player on offense

The 32-year-old from Dundas, Ont. has quickly fit in with his new squad, recording 16 points (5G, 11A) over his first four games.

“Steph has been great,” New England head coach Glenn Clark told NLL.com. “He’s been a piece that we have liked for a long time. He’s intense. He’s active. He does a lot of the little things that we covet on offense.”

And the return to Toronto?

“The first game will be different for him and for Burns,” Clark advised. “It’ll be on their mind a little bit. Steph had a pretty decorated career in Toronto. But competition is competition. Once the faceoff goes, that goes out the window. He’ll be locked in to what he needs to do for our group.”

Burns has also had a nice start with his new team providing a solid presence on the backend along with a boost in transition. The 26-year-old has four goals on four shots since joining the Rock.

 

Both teams playing with confidence  

It’s a meaningful game for both the Rock and the Black Wolves as the two teams are riding separate three-game winning streaks. In fact, the winner of Saturday’s divisional affair will sit atop of the East Division.

Over the past three games, the Rock and Black Wolves have found success in very different ways. The Black Wolves have been able to finish close divisional games over their streak while the Rock have been dominant on offense, outscoring their opponents 61-29 in the past three games.

“Our offense has been on fire as of late,” Rock forward Adam Jones explained to NLL.com. “Our guys have been working hard, setting picks for each other and moving the ball well.”

Jones has been terrific in a Rock uniform since being acquired in the off-season. Coming into Week 8, the Owen Sound, Ont. native is tied for the NLL lead with 36 points (14G, 22A) through five games.

“We have some good shooters. It’s not hard to get assists when I pass the ball and my teammates shoot and score,” Jones said of his play-making ability. “It’s been a lot of fun and I’m glad things are working out so well.”

 

‘Not an ideal time for a Bye Week’

It hasn’t been all good news for the Rock as the penalty kill continues to suffer. Toronto has racked up the most penalty minutes in the East Division (147) and has the league’s worst penalty kill at just 31.8%.

The Rock are coming off a Bye Week in Week 7. For head coach Matt Sawyer, the test during the off-week was keeping his team focused on the positives and not losing the precious momentum.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge of taking on New England,” Sawyer said of the upcoming game. “We’re chasing them in the standings. We want to see how we stack up. We need to be careful this week and we need to be ready to ‘start on time.’ We’ve been off for a few weeks. It’s not an ideal time [for the Bye Week] with the momentum we had and how we are playing. It’s our job to be good right from the hop against New England.”

Saturday’s game is the first of three this season between the two East Division rivals. The opening draw is set for 7 p.m. ET at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Jan 27.

For ticket information, check out www.torontorock.com or tune into the game on NLLTV.com

Saturday’s game will also be a free live broadcast as it is the featured Twitter Game of the Week.

 

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