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Win or else. Yes, if the Bandits lose in Toronto their playoff hopes aren't completely, finally done. But they could see it from there. A great deal would have to break in their direction to keep them alive, and that's asking a lot. Winning this game would mean you could still hear their pulse. Remember, two losses this weekend and the Bandits' hopes are finished. B…

The Buffalo Bandits' playoff chances are slim headed into the weekend. By late Saturday night, they could be at zero. That sums up the team's situation as it plays two games in two nights against the two best teams in the National Lacrosse League's East Division. Buffalo will be in Toronto on Friday night to take on the Rock (7:30 p.m., Radio 550 AM). Then there's a …

The Buffalo Bandits’ playoff chances took a good-sized hit on Saturday. The Calgary Roughnecks handed the Bandits a 13-8 loss – their third straight defeat – in the Scotiabank Saddledome. Buffalo faces a large hill if it hopes to return to the postseason, just a year after the team reached the National Lacrosse League finals. The Bandits had an offensive breakd…

The Buffalo Bandits visit the Calgary Roughnecks at 9 p.m. Live updates and observations from our staff and selected accounts are below. A Twitter List by TBNSports Check back for more on the Bandits and the NLL.

It’s said that defense wins championships in most sports. If that’s true, maybe that’s one of the reasons the Buffalo Bandits are having trouble in the 2017 season as they try to return to the National Lacrosse League finals. The Bandits went into Saturday night’s game in Calgary - which will get underway at 9 p.m. Buffalo time (Radio 1520 AM, nlltv.com) - havin…

Anthony Malcom and his National Lacrosse League team, the Buffalo Bandits, have had a lot in common this season. Both started the season with major problems, made something of a recovery, and then suffered setbacks. Time is running out on both of them in their efforts to salvage the 2017 season. Malcom and the Bandits will be in Calgary on Saturday night to play the …

If the Buffalo Bandits were hoping to start a successful stretch drive on Saturday night, they probably needed a different opponent. The Saskatchewan Rush simply refused to cooperate. The Rush took a 17-14 decision from the Bandits before 16,419 at the KeyBank Center. It was Buffalo’s second straight loss, dropping the team’s record to 5-8. “They’re the de…

The rematch of last year's National Lacrosse League finals on Saturday night looked a little like the 2016 playoff games between the teams. That is to say, Saskatchewan was just a little better. The Rush held off the Buffalo Bandits,  17-14, at KeyBank Center. The Bandits fell to 5-8, while Saskatchewan moved to 9-4. Buffalo fought out of an early hole to get cl…

We're on hand as the Buffalo Bandits host the Saskatchewan Rush at 7:30 p.m. Get ready for the game with Budd Bailey's look at the Bandits' playoff chances. Live updates from our staff, along with selected accounts, are below. A Twitter List by TBNSports Check back for complete coverage after the game.

It was 2:55 on Monday afternoon, and the National Lacrosse League's trading deadline was only five minutes away. If Buffalo Bandits' General Manager Steve Dietrich was going to make a move, he was going to have to wrap it up in a hurry. "I made calls," he said. "I talked to everyone in the league. Teams called about guys I didn't want to move, and I called about other t…

 Rematch. You might remember the National Lacrosse League finals from last June. The Saskatchewan Rush knocked off the Buffalo Bandits in two straight games to win the title. The teams haven't seen each other since then, but they'll get together Saturday night at the KeyBank Center. The Rush are playing like a title contender at 8-4, while the 5-7 Bandits need some wi…

The calendar is about to flip to April - the final month of the National Lacrosse League’s regular season. The Buffalo Bandits ended March on the outside looking in when it came to the playoffs. Their 5-7 record puts them in fourth place, a half-game behind New England (6-7), and only a half-game ahead of Rochester (5-8). Three teams qualify for the postseason. If …

Brad Self’s stay as a member of the Buffalo Bandits ended in less than a season. Self was dealt to the Colorado Mammoth on Monday in exchange for Creighton Reid and a fourth-round draft pick in 2019. Reid then was sent to Calgary for a fourth-round pick in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2019. Self, 36, was acquired from Rochester just before the 2017 National Lacross…

Buffalo Bandits goalie Anthony Cosmo didn't need to be asked to speak to the media after Saturday's 11-10 loss to the Rochester Knighthawks. In fact, he volunteered for the job even before he hit the showers. Cosmo, it seemed, had something to say about the game-winning goal by Brad Gillies. "This was a big match for both teams, and it's really going to ... when the…