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Five things you should know about tonight's Bandits-Rock game

  1.  Worth the trip: Toronto still has a chance at finishing second and getting a home game against New England in the first round of the playoffs. The Rock must beat Buffalo while the Black Wolves lose to Vancouver. Rochester's loss to Georgia ended most of the suspense in the East, as Toronto and New England clinched while Rochester was eliminated when the Knighthawks lost to Georgia.
  2.  Draft choice order. The Bandits and Knighthawks are tied for the worst record in the NLL at 6-11 entering Saturday's game. If the team's finish in a tie, Rochester would be higher in the standings on a tiebreaker - and Buffalo would get the first overall pick in the draft. The Bandits would lose a tiebreaker to Calgary, which also defeated the Knighthawks. And if all three teams were 7-11, the Bandits would be a combined 1-3 against the other two and be eliminated.
  3. A thousand thanks. Mark Steenhuis needs two points to reach 1,000 in his career. Only eight players in league history have reached that number. Shawn Evans of the Black Wolves did it last week.
  4. On the negative side. The low point in Bandits history in terms of season record is 1999, when the team went 4-8. That's a winning percentage of .333. Buffalo would tie that distinction with a loss to Toronto tonight. The Bandits hope to avoid dropping to 6-12. This year's team already has set a record for losses in a season.
  5. Very appreciated. It's Fan Appreciation Night at the KeyBank Center, and the Bandits hope they can give their loyal boosters something to cheer about. There will be a pregame ceremony, some team awards, giveaways, and a $20,000 guarantee of the pot for the 50-50 raffle.

I'll have reports on Twitter (#WDX2BB) of any news that happens at the morning practice. Then I'll keep you up to date on the game action, taking questions and comments starting around 7. It will be on Radio 550 AM as well, and I'll wrap up the season in a halftime interview with John Gurtler. It's a tradition.

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