Faceoff: 9 p.m. Saturday.
Online: NLL TV.
Radio: 1520 AM.
Records: Buffalo 8-7, Calgary 6-9.
Last time out: The Bandits enjoyed their final off week of the season last weekend. Buffalo was last in action on March 31, when the team defeated the New England Black Wolves for the second time in eight days. The rookies shined, as Josh Byrne scored four goals and two assists and Chase Fraser notched three goals and two assists in the 14-11 victory.
Calgary seemed well on its way to a second straight victory last Saturday when Wes Berg scored a go-ahead goal against the Black Wolves with 43 seconds remaining in regulation. However, New England's Stephan LeBlanc scored with six seconds left and Johnny Powless beat Calgary goalie Christian Del Bianco less than a minute into overtime to cap off a Black Wolves comeback. Berg and Holden Cattoni each scored three times for the Roughnecks in the 13-12 defeat.
Record incoming: Byrne is three goals away from passing Derek Keenan's rookie franchise record. Byrne already has broken the franchise bests for rookie assists and points.
One last trip: This weekend's game is the last road outing of the regular season for the Bandits, who have gone 4-4 away from KeyBank Center this year. Buffalo closes out the slate with a pair of home games against East Division foes, the Toronto Rock and Rochester Knighthawks.
East standings update: The Rochester Knighthawks sit alone atop the East Division at 9-7 after their 14-11 victory against the Toronto Rock Friday night. Buffalo and the Georgia Swarm are tied for second place at 8-7. New England (7-8) is alone in fourth after Toronto dropped to 7-9.
No stakes: Unlike the Bandits, Calgary has nothing to play for until the playoffs begin. The entire West Division is set after Calgary's loss to New England and the Saskatchewan Rush's victory against the Colorado Mammoth. The Roughnecks are in third place in the West Division, meaning they'll play Colorado for the right to play Saskatchewan in the West final.
Loose ball machine: Calgary's roster includes one of Byrne's biggest competitors for Rookie of the Year, transition player Zach Currier. He leads the National Lacrosse League in loose balls by a heavy margin with 161 and is fifth in the league in caused turnovers (26).
Possible debut: Defenseman Bill O'Brien has a chance to suit up for the Bandits for the first time after getting activated from the practice squad on Wednesday. He's taking the place of defenseman Reid Acton, who was put on injured reserve. O'Brien spent the past three seasons with New England.
Hotshot keeper: Calgary's Del Bianco was highly touted when he entered the league as a 19-year-old last season. He's showing why in his sophomore campaign. The Coquitlam, British Columbia, native has taken over starting duties from Frank Scigliano thanks largely to his .795 save percentage, which is tops among starters.
Top shooters: Calgary has two players ranked in the top 10 in the league in scoring: Curtis Dickson (third with 38 goals) and Berg (eighth with 32 goals).
Going outdoors: Buffalo's Fraser could get a chance to play outdoors in Major League Lacrosse this summer. He was claimed from the player pool by the Charlotte Hounds on April 4.
The MLL season kicks off on April 21, but players who participate in both leagues don't report to their MLL team until their NLL season has ended. Fraser said the Hounds emailed him saying they'd like to get him in the lineup once his time with the Bandits is up. He's familiar with the outdoor game, as the Vancouver native played collegiately at Division III Neumann University.
"I was talking to Josh Byrne about it and how much he liked playing in the MLL," Fraser said. "Honestly I didn't think it would happen because I didn't play that good of field lacrosse."