When these teams played in Week 1, a late-game surge gave the Washington Stealth the 13-12 win.
Playing Saturday night in Rochester, the Knighthawks will be trying to even the score and earn their first win of the year.
Cliff Smith has been a pleasant surprise for the Stealth so far in the 2013 campaign. His 22 points are already the most he's ever scored in a season and, although he's cooled off since racking up 15 points in the first two games, he has established himself as another effective weapon in Washington's arsenal.
Rhys Duch (14 goals, 27 points) has now passed Smith for the Stealth scoring lead, while Lewis Ratcliff has come on of late and currently stands at 19 points on the year.
Bob Snider is leading the NLL in loose balls (67) and faceoffs won (104), while Mike Grimes and Jeff Moleski have each collected a respectable 24 loosies.
Tyler Richards (12.35 goals against average) and Nick Patterson (14.88 goals against average) have split the goaltending duties so far, but Richards will likely get the start for this game.
The big story so far in Rochester has been the lack of offensive production. With the additions of former MVPs Dan Dawson and Casey Powell to the mix, the Knighthawks were expected to be one of the best scoring teams in the NLL.
Then again, this experiment was tried once before.
In 2011, Dawson, Powell and Josh Sanderson were put together on the (now defunct) Boston Blazers. In 2010, the trio had finished as the top three scorers in the league, but their strengths apart didn't translate into a powerhouse together, as the Blazers finished the year with the eighth-most goals in the 10-team NLL.
Here in 2013, the Knighthawks are only scoring 10.7 goals per game and Dawson and Powell have just eight points apiece, both well under their historical five-points per game averages.
The good news is that Rochester's top point-getter from 2012, Cody Jamieson, has picked up where he left off, with five goals and 10 assists so far.
Rochester's defense hasn't been much better. They have collected 14 fewer loose balls and have forced eight fewer turnovers than the opposition so they need to step their games up as well.
Netminder Matt Vinc's 12.33 goals against has been solidly in the middle of the pack so far. He hasn't been a dominant force, but he also isn't costing the team wins.
If we go strictly by the numbers to date, Washington should have the edge here. Top-to-bottom, they've been playing better as a team. But I'm going to stick my neck out and guess that the home field advantage in Rochester's barn might actually pay off.
I'm taking the Knighthawks by a 13-12 score.