(Photo: Calgary Roughnecks)
Welcome to Week thirteen of the 2019-20 NLL season, y’all!
Week thirteen features five games, including four on Saturday. The weekend gets started on Friday night as Toronto travels to Halifax in a North Division showdown. Saturday will see Vancouver travel to San Diego, Saskatchewan take on Philadelphia on the road, New England host Rochester, and Georgia host Calgary.
Toronto vs Halifax will be the NLL Game of The Week, FREE to watch on B/R Live, Twitter, and Facebook.
Dane Dobbie Returns
The Calgary Roughnecks (3-4) will head South this weekend to face the Georgia Swarm (5-3). And while the Roughnecks’ season has been a bit bumpy up to this point, they will have a crucial piece of their team back this weekend – Dane Dobbie.
Dobbie, the reigning league MVP, returns to the lineup for Calgary this weekend after serving a six-game suspension following an incident in the Roughnecks season opener against the Vancouver Warriors on Nov. 29th. Getting him back is HUGE for this squad, from a talent and leadership standpoint.
With Dobbie back in the lineup, Calgary’s electric offense is expected to start clicking like they were down the stretch last season. And while it has yet to be seen how much of an adjustment it will be for Dobbie coming back into the lineup, just having him out there is a huge plus, especially against a team like Georgia.
Calgary now has Rhys Duch, who missed the beginning of the season with an injury, and Dane Dobbie back in the lineup. But Jesse King still remains out with an injury, as well. Things feel very similar to last season in Calgary, at least at this point in the season.
No. 1 vs No. 1
When the Saskatchewan Rush (5-2) travel to take on the Philadelphia Wings (7-3) on Saturday night it will be a matchup between the number one team in the West Division and the number one team in the Eastern Division.
Saskatchewan comes in after taking down Halifax on the road in overtime last weekend. Last weekend also marked the toughest stretch of the season for the Rush, 11 straight weekends of lacrosse, including a double-header against Calgary at home and away in week 21, without a bye week. The Wings come into this one after winning two games last weekend, taking down Buffalo on Saturday and New England on Sunday. Both were road wins.
With both teams coming into this one carrying a lot of momentum from the week prior and sitting atop their respective divisions, this one has all the makings of a great game. And we know that if either team is able to get out early, they can tear their opponent apart. But both also have the ability to win defensive battles, as well, especially with the way Evan Kirk (Saskatchewan) and Zach Higgins (Philadelphia) have played at times this season in goal.
Week Thirteen Schedule
Friday, February 21st
6:00pm ET: Toronto @ Halifax
Saturday, February 22nd
2:30pm ET: Vancouver @ San Diego
7:00pm ET: Saskatchewan @ Philadelphia
7:00pm ET: Rochester @ New England
7:00pm ET: Calgary @ Georgia