The 2022-23 Schedule is Live! Schedule

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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL
Las Vegas
11
Panther City
13
Fri, Dec 9
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
12
San Diego
13
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Toronto
7
Rochester
11
Sat, Dec 10
FINAL
Vancouver
9
Calgary
11
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
5
Fri, Dec 16
FINAL
Panther City
9
Las Vegas
3
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Buffalo
11
Toronto
8
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Rochester
14
Albany
13
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Philadelphia
13
Georgia
12
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Halifax
20
New York
11
Sat, Dec 17
FINAL
Colorado
12
Panther City
9
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
Halifax
13
Buffalo
18
Fri, Dec 30
FINAL
San Diego
17
Calgary
14
Sat, Dec 31
FINAL
Panther City
9
Saskatchewan
11
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
FINAL
Philadelphia
14
Las Vegas
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Panther City
9
Rochester
17
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Halifax
14
Albany
11
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Buffalo
18
Georgia
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Toronto
15
New York
7
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Calgary
8
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 7
FINAL
Vancouver
11
San Diego
16
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Albany
11
Halifax
10
Fri, Jan 13
FINAL/OT
Saskatchewan
10
Colorado
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Halifax
8
Toronto
17
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Panther City
12
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Georgia
9
Buffalo
11
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
San Diego
10
Calgary
14
Sat, Jan 14
FINAL
Las Vegas
16
Vancouver
19
Sun, Jan 15
FINAL
Rochester
11
New York
8
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Buffalo
12
Rochester
15
Fri, Jan 20
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
15
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
Toronto
14
Philadelphia
5
Sat, Jan 21
FINAL
New York
16
Albany
10
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Rochester
7
Halifax
17
Fri, Jan 27
FINAL
Buffalo
13
Philadelphia
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Buffalo
16
New York
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Las Vegas
10
Saskatchewan
15
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL/OT
Toronto
11
Calgary
10
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
San Diego
13
Colorado
9
Sat, Jan 28
FINAL
Panther City
20
Vancouver
7
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
FINAL
Georgia
10
Colorado
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL/OT
Calgary
12
Halifax
11
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
New York
14
Toronto
22
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Albany
5
Philadelphia
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Rochester
10
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Panther City
10
San Diego
12
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
14
Vancouver
8
Sat, Feb 4
FINAL
Colorado
8
Las Vegas
13
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Toronto
11
Georgia
10
Fri, Feb 10
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
13
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Halifax
14
Rochester
16
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Albany
12
New York
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Vancouver
13
Panther City
14
Sat, Feb 11
FINAL
Colorado
9
Calgary
13
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Calgary
14
Vancouver
9
Fri, Feb 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
16
San Diego
11
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Georgia
7
Toronto
16
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
Albany
10
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
12
Buffalo
13
Sat, Feb 18
FINAL
Colorado
7
Panther City
13
Sun, Feb 19
FINAL
New York
12
Halifax
13
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Panther City
12
Colorado
14
Fri, Feb 24
FINAL
Calgary
9
Las Vegas
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL/OT
New York
10
Rochester
11
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Albany
4
Georgia
20
Sat, Feb 25
FINAL
Vancouver
16
Saskatchewan
12
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
FINAL
Buffalo
10
Halifax
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
New York
12
Philadelphia
19
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Las Vegas
12
San Diego
15
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Rochester
8
Toronto
9
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL/OT
Georgia
9
Albany
8
Sat, Mar 4
FINAL
Saskatchewan
10
Panther City
16
Mon, Mar 6
FINAL
Toronto
10
Philadelphia
11
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL/OT
Halifax
9
Buffalo
10
Fri, Mar 10
FINAL
Calgary
16
Colorado
10
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Albany
6
Toronto
12
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Philadelphia
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
San Diego
12
Saskatchewan
11
Sat, Mar 11
FINAL
Vancouver
14
Las Vegas
5
Sun, Mar 12
FINAL
Rochester
19
Georgia
18
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
Saskatchewan
6
Calgary
11
Fri, Mar 17
FINAL
San Diego
16
Vancouver
9
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Georgia
13
Philadelphia
12
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Toronto
12
Halifax
14
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Albany
10
New York
13
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Colorado
13
Buffalo
8
Sat, Mar 18
FINAL
Las Vegas
8
Panther City
11
Sun, Mar 19
FINAL/OT
Philadelphia
9
Rochester
8
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
FINAL
San Diego
17
Panther City
9
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Toronto
11
Albany
9
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Halifax
14
Philadelphia
10
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Georgia
13
New York
8
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Calgary
14
Saskatchewan
6
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL/OT
Buffalo
7
San Diego
6
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Colorado
12
Vancouver
14
Sat, Mar 25
FINAL
Rochester
7
Las Vegas
12
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
19:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
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Orange Is The New Black: New England At Buffalo

The Buffalo Bandits (7-6) take on the New England Black Wolves (3-8), fresh off Friday’s road loss to the Minnesota Swarm, at First Niagara Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on UniversalSports.com (desktop/laptop) & Universal Sports Network app (mobile/tablet) in the U.S. and TSN GO in Canada.

The matchup will be the mark just the second time these two teams have met this season. Their first meeting was the NLL season-opening game in Week 1 that saw New England emerge victorious at home, 12-8. Mark Steenhuis (2+1), Ryan Benesch (1+2) and Dhane Smith (2-1) each potted three points in the loss.

Buffalo will square off with New England in three of its last five games, but this New England team got quite a facelift on the trade deadline. The Black Wolves acquired prolific scorer Garrett Billings and veteran leader Andrew Suitor on Tuesday.

The Bandits realize that the team has had some personnel changes, but they also know the Wolves’ coaching staff will be running similar systems and that the game will boil down to how well they play.

“It’s going to be an emotional game for some of the new guys there. We have to prepare ourselves for that,” said Bandits assistant coach Dan Teat. “We can’t change a whole lot about what we do, we just have to go do our job.”

Buffalo’s 12-8 win over Minnesota in Week 12 helped to solidify the team’s playoff position, but they realize nothing is guaranteed.

“We like that we hold our fate in our hands, we’re not in a bad spot,” said Bandits forward Mark Steenhuis. “We just want to make sure we’re hitting our peak at the right time as we head for the playoffs.”

Bandits goaltender Anthony Cosmo doesn’t watch standings too much. He just wants the team to keep racking up wins.

“We can only control what we do, the standings will take care of themselves,” Cosmo said. “As long as we’re playing hard and improving, we’ll make the playoffs and being going in on a high.”

The Bandits will continue to focus on transition against New England on Saturday. Buffalo has been successful in generating goals in transition and have set a goal to get off the floor as quickly as possible to stifle the opposition’s movement up the floor.

“[New England’s] transition game burned us pretty badly in two quarters, it got us into trouble,” added Teat. “We really need to focus on not letting them transition from their defense to offense.”

The Black Wolves will head to Buffalo after visiting Minnesota on Friday night, both important in the team’s attempt to get back in the East Division race.

“Buffalo is certainly ahead of us and they have the spot that we want,” said Black Wolves head coach Blane Harrison. “They’re a very solid team. We got an upper hand on them early, early, early in the year, and I’m assuming they are going to want payback a little bit.”

In its home opener, the Black Wolves defeated the Bandits and dominated throughout the game. A near-capacity crowd cheered on the NLL’s newest team, and every aspect of the pack’s lineup worked well together. However, a lot has changed since that first weekend and since Buffalo is not the first game of the Black Wolves’ doubleheader weekend and that may take a toll on the pack.

“First things first, Friday night in Minnesota is a big on to focus in on,” Harrison said. “That’s one of the reasons why we wanted someone like Andrew Suitor to come in; who understands the need to quickly retool and refocus on another divisional opponent. It’s a big thing for us in many different ways. When you go against Minnesota and they win two and we win two, the next tiebreaker is a divisional opponent. That’s a big key to the whole mix as well.”

The race for a playoff spot is heating up, and the East Division standings could go up in flames by the end of the season. There are a lot of potential wins and losses that could affect the standings moving forward, especially for the Bandits and the Black Wolves. Saturday night’s matchup is one of three between the two teams before the season ends. With doubleheader weekends becoming a constant in the weeks ahead, the pack is focusing on playing well and keeping the lineup fresh, and a quiet trade between the two teams earlier this week could really help the Black Wolves stay fresh for its second game of the weekend.

“It’s heavy for us, but I think it’s heavy for a lot of teams,” noted Harrison. “I don’t think it’s any headwind that is unique to just us, but you certainly have to look at your lineup and make sure everyone is fresh for all these games coming up.”

“One of the little known things that we haven’t really talked about is the trade with Buffalo to get Drew Petkoff into the lineup. Tough kid, young kid, left-handed shot on the defense for us, so hopefully we’ll work him into some transition. Bringing guys like that in and really starting to fill out our roster the way we want to helps us in the stretch. We’ll get guys in and out of the lineup as much as we can to keep it fresh for this last stretch,” added Harrison.

“I think it’s all about preparing yourself,” added Black Wolves transition player Andrew Suitor. “This is what we love to do and this is what we do. If you can’t go in and play one game then turn around and play another, then clearly you’re not preparing yourself. On the emotional side of things, you just have to let things take its course and just go out and play the game you love and hopefully come out of the weekend with four points.”

On Friday, the Black Wolves dropped 12-8 decision to the Swarm before heading to Buffalo. Brett Bucktooth (3+2) led New England on offense with his hat trick. Pat Saunders (2+4), Kyle Buchanan (1+1) and Kevin Buchanan (1+1) each contributed out the front. Garrett Billings (1+3), who joined the Black Wolves by way of trade just before the deadline on Tuesday, scored his first goal with his new team in the third quarter.

“We had a different game plan tonight with them and Garrett’s coming off not playing 2014, so he’s a little rusty. He’ll get the rust off and I think he did a great job of doing that,” Milligan said. “Andrew (Suitor) brings a lot of energy and I think he did that tonight. So, we’ve just got to find out how to play with the new guys in the lineup and work those kinks out.”

Buffalo will be hosting a basket raffle on Saturday night to help support Michelle Fines, partner of Edmonton Rush goaltender Aaron Bold, who is battling bone cancer. Tickets will be sold on the 100-level concourse.

By Steve Bermel (@BanditsBeat) & Alyssa McLaughlin (@BlackWolvesBeat) for NLL.com. Photo by Khoi Ton.

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