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Buffalo Bandits gameday: Bandits at Saskatchewan Rush

Faceoff: 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Online: NLL TV, Twitter.

Radio: 550 AM.

Records: Buffalo 2-3, Saskatchewan 4-0.

Last time out: Bandits forward Mitch Jones scored an equalizing goal with 21 seconds left in regulation, but Vancouver's Joel McCready responded with a goal in overtime to give the Stealth an 11-10 victory. The win was Vancouver's first of the season. Saskatchewan was victorious in a battle of previously undefeated teams, downing the Colorado Mammoth, 17-12.

All-time series: The game is a rematch of the 2016 National Lacrosse League finals, which the Rush won in two games. The Bandits have played Saskatchewan once since then, a 17-14 loss to the Rush at home last season. Saskatchewan's Mark Matthews totaled nine points in that game.

Overall, the Bandits are 1-2 against the Rush in the regular season, dating back to the franchise's time in Edmonton.

Tune in: Tonight's game is the NLL's Twitter Game of the Week, meaning you can watch online for free by going to

High powered: The Rush are known for their strong defense, but their offense is just as scary. Saskatchewan is second in the NLL in goals with 71 despite playing one less game than six of the remaining eight teams in the NLL. The Rush are one of the most efficient offenses in the league as well, scoring on 33 percent of their unsettled shots and 18 percent on settled shots according to Moneyball Lacrosse. Both are tops in the NLL.

Saskatchewan forward Mark Matthews is fourth in the league in points with 28, while Ben McIntosh is second in the league in goals with 13.

Forced to the press box: Buffalo forward Callum Crawford, who appealed a one-game suspension last week, rescinded his appeal. That means he'll sit out against the Rush.

Roster moves: The Bandits made a handful of roster changes this week in response to another pair of injuries. Defenseman Matthew Bennett is out for the season with a knee injury, while Mark Steenhuis is out for an indefinite amount of time with an upper-body injury. Both were placed on injured reserve.

To fill the active roster spots, Buffalo activated defenseman Ryan Wagner from injured reserve and promoted Liam Patten from the practice squad. Wagner has missed the past three weeks, while Patten, a third-round pick of the Calgary Roughnecks in this year's draft, has been on the practice roster since signing with the Bandits in November.

Buffalo also added two players to the practice roster, defenseman Bill O'Brien and forward Zach Herreweyers. O'Brien previously spent his entire NLL career with the New England Black Wolves, notching nine assists and 172 penalty minutes in 49 games. Herreweyers had three goals and seven assists in five games with Colorado last season.

Bandits defenseman Bill O'Brien gets awaited call back to the NLL

The Bandits are already without goalie Davide RiRuscio and forward Chase Fraser, who are both on IR.

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