The Minnesota Swarm (5-5) are currently in third place in the West division of the National Lacrosse League, three games behind the division leading Colorado Mammoth. With only six games remaining, the Swarm are set to face-off against two division rivals this weekend. They host the Calgary Roughnecks on March 30 and travel to Edmonton to take on the Rush on March 31.
Minnesota’s defense has struggled as of late. They have lost their last two games with rookie goaltenders Tyler Carlson and Evan Kirk letting in a combined 33 goals. However, the offensive for the Swarm, with the help of the team’s leaders in points Ryan Benesch (25G, 29A) and Callum Crawford (15G, 38A), have averaged over 13 goals per game in their last 4 outings.
The Roughnecks will be a tough match-up for Minnesota. On March 3, the Swarm beat Calgary 15-11, but the Roughnecks have won three straight games and six of their last seven. Their balanced offensive attack and quick, gritty defense could give the Swarm some trouble.
The Edmonton Rush are currently in the cellar of the NLL with a record of 3-7. They lost their previous meeting with the Swarm 10-9 back on February 10. The Rush are coming off a one-point win over the Washington Stealth and have seen forward Scott Evans get on a hot streak scoring 13 goals in his last four games.
Be sure to catch the Swarm/Roughneck game at the Xcel Energy Center at 8:30 ET on Friday and the Swarm/Rush game at 9:00 ET on Saturday. Both games can only be seen on the NLL Network at livestream.com/nllnetwork.