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Bandits notebook: Spinning into the ground

I won't try to comment on the particulars of Saturday's loss by the Bandits in Minnesota, since I didn't see any of it. (We have a paper to put out.) But you probably know the ugly statistical notes.

The worst loss in team history. The longest losing streak in team history (they also lost six in a row last year). The most consecutive losing seasons in team history (two). The most consecutive goals allowed in a game (11) since 2008 - as far back as I have records.

The Bandits are obviously in free fall, and seem incapable of winning a game right now - but it only takes one game to change that. That needs to happen from a Buffalo standpoint, because the news wasn't good around the rest of the league either on Saturday.

Colorado surprised Edmonton, and Rochester beat Philadelphia. That means Buffalo and Philadelphia are the only five-win teams in the league, and the Wings have the tiebreaker and a game in hand.

Buffalo's opponent next week, Washington, won in Calgary Saturday night. So the Stealth, Edmonton and Calgary are all tied for the lead at 8-6 in the West. That means Washington has plenty to play for next week when the Bandits visit.

One other issue of interest - one story out of Minnesota indicated Anthony Cosmo was injured. It's never helpful to have your number one goalie out at times like these, although we'll have to see what his status is for the coming games.

Two games are on the Sunday slate. Rochester is at Toronto, and Bandits fans should be rooting for the Rock in that one. The Knighthawks want to make the season-ending game here meaningless in terms of the playoffs if at all possible. Meanwhile, Minnesota is at Philadelphia. Both teams will be tired in playing an afternoon game. A Buffalo-Minnesota tiebreaker is difficult to figure at the moment, since the season series is tied. Someone will gain ground on the Bandits, though.

We'll know a little more tomorrow. The coming week, meanwhile, will give us time to ponder what is turning into an historic collapse.

--- Budd Bailey

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