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Five Things to Know about tonight's Bandits Game

  1.  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 wins to grab a playoff spot.
  2. Lineup change. The Bandits will play their first game since Brad Self's departure in a trade on Monday. The team has activated Adam Will, a defender, to take his roster spot.
  3. Not good news. Look for Buffalo to come out shooting a little more on Saturday night. The Bandits tied a club record for fewest shots in a game with 33 in the loss last week to the Knighthawks in Rochester. That put a lot of pressure on the defense, which bent in the fourth quarter after a strong performance in the first 45 minutes.
  4. Attendance derby. This is a game featuring the two attendance leaders in the NLL. Saskatoon didn't take long to adopt the Rush, as the team is averaging 14,944 per game. The Bandits are second at 14,111. Buffalo and Colorado have led this statistic for several years, so this year could mark the end of something of an era.
  5. Free TV. The NLL reached an agreement a few weeks ago to have a game of the week shown on Twitter. The Bandits-Rush contest is this week's game; it's the first time that Buffalo will be shown in that manner. The game will still be shown on, but you would have to pay for it there. Twitter is free.

I invite you to join me during the game via Twitter (@WDX2BB). I try to take the time to take questions and comments before every game, starting a half-hour before game time - which in this case means I'll be available around 7.

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