NLL Week 2 Floor Pass: Previews, Audio
by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff
Jeff Shattler and the Calgary Roughnecks, off to a surprise 2-0 start, host the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday.
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This week's National Lacrosse League Floor Pass includes injury updates, discussion about Cody Jamieson's debut in Rochester and some candid comments from Calgary coach Dave Pym, who feels his team might be a little disrespected by the whole concept of being an underdog.
Here's a look at this weekend's five games, including several sound bytes from Wednesday's conference call with coaches. Check back to laxmagazine.com each week for game-by-game breakdowns and more sound bytes from around the NLL.
Minnesota Swarm (0-1) at Washington Stealth (1-1) – Friday 8 p.m. Pacific
Washington split its opening weekend, beating Colorado on the road Saturday, but losing to Calgary at home Sunday. Stealth all-star forward Jeff Zywicki missed Sunday's game with what was termed a "lower body issue" by coach Chris Hall, and Zywicki was placed on the injured reserve list this week. Hall said Zywicki could be back in six weeks, and the team signed Craig Conn to fill the goal-scoring need created by Zywicki's injury.
Minnesota returns to the Comcast Arena at Everett for the first time since losing in the first round of the playoffs last May. Washington defeated the Swarm, 14-10, and went on to win the NLL title.
Listen to Minnesota coach Mike Lines talk about Minnesota's season-opening loss to Rochester in overtime.
Listen to Washington coach Chris Hall talk about opening weekend, Zywicki's injury and whether the team may have been distracted Sunday by its 2010 championship banner-raising pregame ceremony.
Edmonton Rush (0-1) at Boston Blazers (1-0) – Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Eastern
The Miami Heat comparisons just won't go away. Boston's offense wasn't clicking to start week one in a 10-6 win over Philadelphia, much like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh got off to slow start in the NBA season. But look at them now. The Blazers' Big Three of Casey Powell, Dan Dawson and Josh Sanderson have that type of potential for success. "Their weapons are high-end, to put it mildly, with those three as well as a good supporting cast," Edmonton coach Derek Keenan said.
Listen to Boston coach Matt Sawyer talk about the Blazers' slow start to their first win.
Listen to Edmonton coach Derek Keenan talk about the task of facing the Boston offense.