Games of the Week - Week 19
1) Calgary vs. Saskatchewan
As the playoff matchups begin to take shape, we will get a peak at one of several potential postseason showdowns taking place this week.
Saskatchewan and Calgary are no strangers to one another in the playoffs. They have had several classic postseason matchups and even their regular season games are played with the same intensity.
This game will be an offensive showcase, with the likes of Curtis Dickson, Dane Dobbie, Mark Matthews, and Ben McIntosh going head to head. It’ll also be a showcase of two of the best young goaltenders the league has to offer.
2) Buffalo vs. New England
If the standings stay the way they are, this will be a preview of a first-round matchup that will take place in just a few weeks time.
Buffalo currently holds down the top spot in the East and is the best team in the league. New England clinched their spot in the playoffs a few weeks back, but they’ve lost four of their last five and need to gain some momentum heading into May.
They will have to finish their remaining games on the road, and that starts with a difficult game in BanditLand. New England will then have to take on Rochester to finish out the campaign.
With a win, the Bandits will officially clinch a home playoff game. They can also lock down home field throughout the playoffs by winning their final two games of the year.
After their exciting game in Toronto last weekend, the Black Wolves should bring the intensity to create a solid matchup with the Bandits on Saturday.
3) San Diego vs. Colorado
This could end up being another first-round matchup in the West. Unfortunately, both teams are having respective troubles over the past few weeks.
San Diego has lost its last three games and lost Austin Staats for the remainder of the season due to a torn ACL.
The Mammoth, on the other hand, have needed just a single win to clinch the final playoff spot in the West Division. They haven’t been able to accomplish that, losing to both Saskatchewan and Rochester in their past two games.
In the season series, the Seals have taken both of the previous games - one of which was the first game in franchise history. Dillon Ward and Frank Scigliano will provide a goaltending duel and the action should be uber competitive.
4) Rochester vs. Vancouver
The Warriors kept their playoff hopes alive with a victory and managed to gain some traction with another Mammoth loss last weekend.
However, there’s no margin for error with just two games remaining. They need to win out and hope Colorado falters.
They'll face off against the team that kept their season alive just a week ago. Kyle Jackson’s overtime winner silenced the loud house in Colorado and gave the Knighthawks their fifth win of the campaign.
Vancouver will be coming out desperate, especially on the road, where they’re just 2-6 on the year.
5) Georgia vs. Philadelphia
Philadelphia once again finds itself in the last slot on the list. Unfortunately for them, the season has been rough and they have run into a slew of top teams down the stretch - nine of their last 10 have been against playoff-bound squads.
The Wings had the opportunity to snap a three-game skid against the Warriors last weekend, but they managed to allow a season-high 19 goals to the West’s worst team.
It doesn’t get any easier for Philly, as they have to travel to Infinite Energy Arena and face arguably the league’s hottest team.