In handing out a 17-6 beatdown to the Buffalo Bandits last weekend, the Roughnecks locked up a playoff spot for the 10th consecutive year.
The Swarm, on the other hand, got blown out 20-13 by a Washington Stealth team that is fighting for their playoff lives.
Calgary continues to spread the offense around, with six players picking up four or more points against the Bandits. Shawn Evans stood out with two goals and seven assists. Fellow lefty Curtis Dickson had a natural hat trick to open the game and both Dane Dobbie and Scott Ranger also contributed hat tricks.
Mike Poulin had another excellent night in goal, turning aside 27 shots and improving his league-leading goals-against average to 9.84.
Minnesota has been running hot and cold so far this year.
Their offense is powered by defending NLL scoring champion Ryan Benesch. He is helping the Swarm average 12.6 goals per game.
Youngsters Evan Kirk and Tyler Carlson have been sharing duties in net recently and neither could solve the Stealth's attack last week. Overall, however, they have proved to be a solid tandem this year and should have a rebound back to form this weekend.
In their last meeting, Minnesota came to Calgary and beat the Roughnecks 15-11. Calgary will probably be looking for some revenge. Coach Dave Pym, by his own admission on Twitter, didn't have his team ready:
Pym will be seeking some redemption. On the other hand, there's always the danger of a team letting up after securing a playoff spot, so it will be interesting to see how Calgary performs.
I'd say the Roughnecks just look a little too good right now to lose this one, although I would expect the Swarm to keep it close. Look for a 13-12 win for Calgary on Friday night.