NLL Week 12: Minnesota Swarm Look to Fly Past the Buffalo Bandits on Sunday

Ron KnabenbauerCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2011

Minnesota's Mat Giles will lead the Swarm in two games this weekend (Credit: Chris Scherer).
Minnesota's Mat Giles will lead the Swarm in two games this weekend (Credit: Chris Scherer).

Game of the Week: Buffalo Bandits at Minnesota SwarmSunday Mar. 26, 2 p.m. EDT on VERSUS

The Buffalo Bandits will head to Minnesota on Sunday for a nationally televised game against the Swarm. The game will air on VERSUS on Sunday at 2 p.m. EDT. The Swarm currently sit in second place in the West with a 5-4 record, but can pick up two wins this weekend if they beat Edmonton on Friday and a tough Buffalo squad on Sunday.

Minnesota is two games behind first place Calgary in the Western Division. The Bandits are 7-3 this season and are 1.5 games behind first place Toronto in the East. However, Buffalo has to play one more game down the stretch then Toronto does, which may give the Bandits the advantage they need to take the top spot in the East.

Minnesota Swarm at Edmonton Rush – Friday Mar. 25, 7 p.m. EDT

The Minnesota Swarm are in second place in the NLL Western Division, but have plenty of time to catch the first place Roughnecks as they have seven games remaining while Calgary only has five. Minnesota will be in Edmonton on Friday for the first of two games this weekend. The Rush are 2-9 this season and are trying to hold on to a playoff spot against a Colorado Mammoth team that has been on their tail all season.

Toronto Rock at Calgary Roughnecks – Friday Mar. 25, 7:30 p.m. EDT

It will be a battle between Eastern and Western Canada and the top two teams in the league when the Rock head to the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary to take on the Roughnecks. The Rock (9-2) are well rested after a couple of weeks off while the Roughnecks (8-3) are coming off a win over province rival, the Edmonton Rush last week. These two teams last played on Feb. 12 with Toronto winning 9-8. The Roughnecks defeat to the Rock is Calgary’s only loss in the last seven games.

Boston Blazers at Washington Stealth – Friday Mar. 25, 11 p.m. EDT 

The Boston Blazers will head out West for the first of two games, beginning in Everett, Wash., against the Washington Stealth. The Blazers (6-5) and the Stealth (5-6) both sit in third place in their respective division and have only five games to improve their spot in the standings. Washington and Boston are coming off of losses in their last contest.

Philadelphia Wings at Rochester Knighthawks – Saturday Mar. 26, 7:35 p.m. EDT

The Philadelphia Wings are 1.5 games out of a playoff spot, but they can make up a lot of ground this week when they play the fourth place team in the Eastern Division, the Rochester Knighthawks. Philly (4-7) is on a three game losing streak, but they have done well on the road this season, posting a 3-2 mark away from the Wells Fargo Center. Rochester (5-5) began the season with two home losses, but have bounced back since, as they’ve won three of their last four home games.

Boston Blazers at Colorado Mammoth – Saturday Mar. 26, 9 p.m. EDT

If the Colorado Mammoth want to get their second win of the season and first at home in over a year, they are going to have to earn it. On Saturday night, the Mammoth will host the Boston Blazers and the “Big 3” of Dan Dawson, Casey Powell and Jeff Sanderson. Boston is playing in Washington on Friday and in Denver on Saturday.

If the Blazers can pick up two wins out West, it will only put more pressure on the first place Rock down the home stretch. Colorado (1-8) will be welcoming back their former captain as Gavin Prout will be playing his first game with the Mammoth after being traded from Edmonton last week. Prout played six seasons in Colorado before playing Edmonton the last two seasons.

All six National Lacrosse League games will be broadcasted live this weekend on the NLL Network at