Faceoff: 9 p.m. Saturday, Pepsi Center.
Online: NLL TV.
Radio: 1520 AM.
Records: Buffalo 6-4, Colorado 6-3.
Last time out: Buffalo's four-game win streak was snapped in anti-climactic fashion, as the Rochester Knighthawks scored the first seven goals of the game in a 17-10 victory last Saturday. The loss was Buffalo's first since falling to the Vancouver Stealth on Jan. 13.
Colorado’s Stephen Keogh’s shot slowly rolled into the net with 4.6 seconds remaining to give the Mammoth a dramatic 11-10 victory against the Georgia Swarm on Friday.
Welcome to the squad: Forward Shawn Evans, acquired by the Bandits in a blockbuster trade Wednesday afternoon, will make his debut with the Bandits Saturday. Evans, a two-time National Lacrosse League Most Valuable Player, came from New England along with a 2019 fourth-round pick in exchange for Callum Crawford and a 2019 second-round pick.
Evans, who previously spent time in Rochester and Calgary, joins the Bandits after totaling 18 goals and 51 points in nine games with the Black Wolves this season. The only Bandit with a higher point total this season is Dhane Smith, who has 59. Evans is on pace for a sixth straight 100-point season.
Beni and the Jets: Benesch is having an excellent season with the Mammoth since the Bandits sent him west in a trade in August. Benesch leads Colorado in goals (22) and points (54) through nine games this season.
The Bandits will see another familiar face in Tim Edwards, who has taken over faceoff duties for the Mammoth. The former Canisius College star was picked up by Colorado after the Bandits released him in November. Edwards has won 116 of the 227 draws he's taken this season.
Cooled off: Buffalo's star rookie, Josh Byrne, was held without a goal last week after scoring 11 in the previous three. Despite the unusually quiet performance, he still leads rookies in the three main offensive statistical categories.
Defensive production: Colorado's Robert Hope is third in the league with 13 caused turnovers, while Taylor Stuart is tied for the league lead with two shorthanded goals.
Tight standings: Buffalo remains in first place in the East Division but is nowhere near safe in the standings. Toronto and New England are both a game back of the Bandits, while Georgia is only two games back despite sitting in last in the division.
Upping the numbers: Jordan Durston has 28 assists in ten games this season, already surpassing his previous career high set in his 2016 rookie season. He notched 21 helpers in 17 games that season.
"I don't think I was getting the ball as much when I was in Vancouver," Durston said. "Nothing against them. I was a rookie coming in. Third year in the league now, I think JT (offensive coach John Tavares) and the coaches all have a little bit more trust in me touching the ball a little bit more."