The regular season is in the books and it’s now playoff time in the National Lacrosse League. This year’s playoffs is a little different than in years past due to the new playoff format. Also, we will see two Monday night games in the first round which I believe is a the first time ever there has been any NLL games on a Monday night.
The 2019 playoffs kick off on Friday with the divisional semifinals while the divisional finals and NLL finals will be played in the weeks to follow.
Colorado @ Saskatchewan – West Divisional Semifinals
After meeting just a week prior, the Rush will host the Mammoth in the first West Divisional semifinals game. Just a week ago Saskatchewan defeated Colorado but this time the stakes are much much higher. With Evan Kirk back in the lineup the Rush look ready to hit their stride and defend their title. Colorado needs to be consistent on both ends of the floor if they want to get passed the Rush and keep their season alive.
New England @ Buffalo – East Divisional Semifinals
This game may have a heavy favorite with Buffalo looking like the best team in the league. But with Doug Jameison anchoring the defense in net and Callum Crawford leading the way on offense, this New England team is one not to be slept on. Buffalo has been stellar this year with Corey Small, Shawn Evans, and other leading the offense. Matt Vinc has looked stellar in net anchoring that defense and really upping their game on that end of the floor. This one should be a very good one.
Toronto @ Georgia – East Divisional Semifinals
It’s Monday night lacrosse as these two meet for what could be the best game of the first round. Both Georgia and Toronto have great offenses and have had some great matchups this year.While this one could be a shootout, the one question is if Georgia goalie Mike Poulin will play. That one factor could make or break this game for Georgia, and I expect him to play even if he isn’t 100%. With Nick Rose in goal for Toronto this one could be a great goalie battle as well.
Calgary @ San Diego – West Divisional Semifinals
It’s another Monday night lacrosse game as these two squads meet in a game that could go multiple ways. San Diego hasn’t looked their best since Austin Staats went down and Frank Sciligano has seemed to be running out of gas in goal a bit. The Seals are looking to turn things around in the playoffs as they take on a hot Calgary team. The Roughnecks look like the most dangerous team right now with that offense of Dane Doobie, Curtis Dickson, and other firing on a ll cylinders. On the defensive end Christian Del Bianco has done a great job in goal and that defense looks solid as well. This one could get interesting.