April 13, 2009

In NLL's Last Week, Two Playoff Berths Remain

from press release

The National Lacrosse League enters the final weekend of the regular season with two of the playoff berths still up for grabs, one in each division.  In the East, Philadelphia and Rochester are in contention for the final playoff spot.  Rochester hosts Philadelphia on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the playoffs.  In the West, Colorado, Edmonton and Minnesota are all in contention for the final spot.  Colorado can clinch with a win over Edmonton.  Edmonton and Minnesota each have to win and receive outside help to clinch.

Each of the league's twelve teams play their final regular season game this weekend.  Of the twelve teams, six have clinched a playoff berth, while five others remain in playoff contention.

NLL playoff scenarios entering the games of April 17-18 (final games of regular season):

West Division

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS (11-4): Clinched the West Division regular season title and the top overall seed in the playoffs. Will host the West #4 seed (Colorado, Edmonton or Minnesota) in the Divisional Semifinals.

PORTLAND LUMBERJAX (9-6): Clinched the #2 seed in the West Division.  Will host San Jose in the Divisional Semifinals.

SAN JOSE STEALTH (7-8): Clinched the #3 seed in the West Division.  Will play at Portland in the Divisional Semifinals.

COLORADO MAMMOTH (6-9): Clinches a playoff berth with a win over Edmonton.

MINNESOTA SWARM (6-9): Clinches a playoff berth with a win over New York AND a Colorado loss to Edmonton.

EDMONTON RUSH (5-10): Clinches a playoff berth with a win over Colorado AND a Minnesota loss to New York.

East Division

BUFFALO BANDITS (10-5): Clinched a playoff berth and a first round home
playoff game. Can clinch the East Division regular season title with a win over
Boston OR a New York loss to Minnesota.

NEW YORK TITANS (9-6): Clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch a home playoff
game with a win over Minnesota OR a Boston loss to Buffalo. Can clinch
the East Division regular season title with a win over Minnesota AND a Buffalo loss to Boston.

BOSTON BLAZERS (9-6): Clinched a playoff berth. Can clinch a home playoff
game with a win over Buffalo AND a New York loss to Minnesota.

PHILADELPHIA WINGS (7-8): Can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Rochester.

ROCHESTER KNIGHTHAWKS (6-9): Can clinch a playoff berth with a win over Philadelphia.

TORONTO ROCK (5-10): Eliminated from playoff contention.


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