Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Online: NLL TV.
Radio: 1520 AM.
Records: Buffalo 7-7, New England 6-7.
Last time out: The Bandits put up their best offensive output of the season last Friday against New England, as they went on a 12-goal run in a 20-7 road victory. The Bandits' top producers had gaudy stat lines. Dhane Smith had two goals and six assists, Mitch Jones scored five times and Vaughn Harris notched a career-high eight points (four goals and four assists) in addition to his strong work at the faceoff-X.
The result snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bandits, who hadn't scored more than 10 goals in a game during that stretch.
The Black Wolves' weekend only got worse. A day later, Georgia's Kiel Matisz dished out seven assists as the Swarm handed New England a 17-12 loss. The Black Wolves entered the weekend alone in first place in the East Division at 6-5. By Saturday night, they were alone in last place at 6-7.
Add to the book: Josh Byrne now owns the Bandits' rookie records for assists and points, as he passed Derek Keenan's point total of 49 last Friday. With 20 goals on the season, he needs seven more to pass Keenan's rookie record in that category as well.
Net presence: The Black Wolves' seven goals were the fewest Bandits goalie Alex Buque has allowed this season. He made 40 saves and didn't allow a goal for 21 minutes during Buffalo's 12-goal run.
Offensive woes: New England is last in the league in total goals, notching 138 through 13 games. Kevin Crowley has carried the unit, scoring hat tricks in four straight games.
Injury updates: Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich said he'd originally expected backup goalie Davide DiRuscio to be back from injury a few weeks ago. However, the fourth-year Bandit was still experiencing symptoms from his hamstring injury.
"A hamstring on a goaltender, especially a bigger guy, I lived through it," Dietrich said. "They're especially hard injuries to try and get better. You've got to be 100 percent because if you're not, the minute you start kicking out your leg you're just back to square one."
Season series: Saturday's game will be the last regular season matchup between these two teams. Buffalo has won both previous meetings this year.
Nice and cozy: The Bandits are home for three of their last four games of the season. Their only game away from KeyBank Center comes in two weeks, when Buffalo travels to Calgary on April 14.
Look to the future: The National Lacrosse League announced a new broadcast partnership earlier this week. Starting next year, NLL games will be streamed through soon-to-be-launched Bleacher Report Live. The service, which also has agreements with the NBA, NCAA and PGA Tour, replaces the NLL.com-based system the league has had since the start of last season.
Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz said the move will require a seven-figure investment to improve broadcast equipment in arenas on the Off The Crosse Bar podcast.
"NLL TV will be significantly updated in terms of quality of production," Sakiewicz said.
Uniform performance: Ted Cordingley, the Bandits' equipment manager and brother to head coach Troy Cordingley, celebrated his 200th game with the team last Friday. He was presented with the game ball in the locker room after Buffalo's victory.