National Lacrosse League 2012: Week 14 Previews and Predictions

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National Lacrosse League 2012: Week 14 Previews and Predictions
(Photo: Perry Nelson)

Week 13 of the National Lacrosse League schedule made the playoff picture a little clearer. It also featured some records being set.

The Philadelphia Wings locked up a playoff spot in the East, leaving only five spots up for grabs between the remaining six teams.

Garrett Billings contributed to all 15 goals in Toronto's rout of the Buffalo Bandits. This was the highest single-game point total in Toronto Rock history, tied for second most in NLL history, and the only time a team has scored 15 goals and had a single player figure in every tally.

On Friday, Geoff Snider went an inconceivable 28-for-28 in the faceoff circle for the Calgary Roughnecks, picking up an equally inconceivable 28 loose balls while also scoring a hat trick and adding two assists for what might have been one of the most impressive game lines of the season.

Saturday night, Minnesota Swarm rookie goalie Evan Kirk took over from starter Tyler Carlson after Edmonton had jumped out to an 8-4 first half lead. Kirk went on to shut out the Rush for over 37 minutes, giving the Swarm a chance to tie the game, although they eventually lost it in overtime.

With all the excitement beginning to come together, the final few weeks of the schedule are shaping up to be highly entertaining.

Adding to the interest is the start of TV coverage on CBS Sports Network, giving the NLL a little more national exposure.

Of the four games scheduled, only one is between division rivals. Let's have a look at what's in store for the Easter long weekend.

 

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