What to Watch: NLL Week Four

(Photo Courtesy of Rochester Knighthawks)

Welcome to week four of the 2019-20 NLL season, Y’all! 

But week four is a very light one with just two games on the docket, as the Halifax Thunderbirds will be hosting the Rochester Knighthawks and the Colorado Mammoth will be traveling to face the Calgary Roughnecks.

Calgary vs Colorado will be streamed on social media for FREE as part of the NLL’s new Game of The Week deal with B/R Live. Read more about this deal.

Week Three Storylines

Old Versus New

Unless you have been living under a rock, every lacrosse fan is well aware that the Halifax Thunderbirds moved from Rochester, where they were called the Knighthawks, over the summer after a very long and successful run in Rochester. And the NLL has awarded Rochester an expansion team whose name is also the Rochester Knighthawks. 

This game between the Thunderbirds and Knightahws in Rochester is something that people have been waiting to see since the whole ordeal was announced last fall. And while Halifax doesn’t visit Rochester March, getting to see these two teams go at each other will certainly be something interesting to see. 

And when Halifax does come back to play Rochester in March, that game will certainly have a very unique and interesting dynamic around it that would likely be hard to find in any other pro sports league. 

Can Rochester Get Their Offense Going? 

In their opening game against the Georgia Swarm, Rochester looked rather flat. And while it wasn’t unexpected, especially considering who their opponent was, it was very concerning. And the most concerning part was how they couldn’t get their offense going at all. 

While Halifax is going to be a tough opponent, it shouldn’t be as difficult as going up against Georgia. So if Rochester is going to have a “coming out” game where they show what they are really made of this would be a great opportunity. And especially when you consider the aforementioned storyline surrounding this game. 

With two name brand players like Shawn Evans and Holden Cattoni on their roster and having at least one regular-season game under their belt, there is no reason why Rochester can’t get a little something going, even of it’s getting garbage goals late in the game. 

Life Without Dane Dobbie Begins in Calgary

The Roughnecks are set to hoist their 2019 NLL Championship banner into the rafters on Saturday night, but Reigning NLL MVP Dane Dobbie will not be with the team. And in fact he won’t rejoin them until  late February after an incident in the Calgary’s season opener against Vancouver that resulted in Dobbie being handed down six-game suspension by the league. 

The Forward is a crucial part of the Calgary offense and not having him in the lineup is a huge blow for Calgary. But they will have to live with that reality until he comes back in February. For now, the Roughnecks must rely on guys like Curtis Dickson and Jesse King to produce on the offensive end. And yeah, neither of those guys are slouches by any stretch. 

While looking at the personnel on paper and saying that Calgary will be fine without Dobbie in most of their games if one things, but it will be interesting to see how this suspension has an impact on the psyche of this team. And Calgary could struggle a bit against a Colorado defense anchored by Dillon Ward in goal and features quality guys all around. 

Week Four Schedule

Saturday, December 21st

6:00pm ET: Rochester @ Halifax

9:30pm ET: Colorado @ Calgary

All games can be streamed on Bleacher Report (B/R) Live. And as previously mentioned, Calgary @ Colorado will also be streamed for FREE on Twitter and Facebook.

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