MLL Weekend Preview: Week 12Denver Outlaws (7-2) at Ohio Machine (7-3)
Saturday, 7:00 PM on LSN
Storylines: 329 days will have passed since the Outlaws and Machine met in an epic MLL Championship Game last August and despite that time gone by, they still find themselves as the top two teams in the league. Denver just pummelled the Blaze, 24-12, last time out and are on a two-game winning streak. The Machine are still hurting from that last-minute loss to the Outlaws last August and are also looking to bounce back after the Lizards ended their five-game winning streak last game.
Players to watch: Marcus Holman had a game-high six goals in the MLL All-Star Game last weekend, a fitting performance for the player who leads MLL in goals (28) and points (40). He'll have to battle the reigning Warrior Defensive Player of the Week in B.J. Grill, who just shut down James Pannell and Kevin Rice with the Blaze last game. Denver goalie Jack Kelly may factor into Ohio's defensive game plan after his miraculous full-field goal against the Blaze.
Chesapeake Bayhawks (4-5) at Florida Launch (5-5)
Saturday, 7:00 PM on LSN
Storylines: A Bayhawks' win in this game would move them ahead of the Launch for the fourth and final playoff spot. Saturday's game will be the first in a home-and-home series that will continue in Week 13 at Chesapeake.
Players to watch: Myles Jones is quickly becoming one of the premier players in the league after winning MVP of the All-Star Game last weekend. He currently leads Chesapeake in goals (20) and points (33). Connor Buczek has been a consistent offensive presence for the Launch all season with 20 points (15 goals, 2 2-pointers, 3 assists) and now holds the title for hardest shot in the league after shooting 112 mph at the All-Star Game Skills Competition.
New York Lizards (4-6) at Charlotte Hounds (5-5)
Saturday, 7:30 PM on Twitter
Storylines: In the Twitter Game At 5-5 the Hounds are clinging to a playoff spot with just four game remaining and are riding a three-game winning streak. Their offense has scored at least 18 goals in three of their last four games. New York will be playing for the second time in three days after dropping a noon matinee on Thursday to the Blaze.
Players to watch: All-Star attackman Ryan Brown has scored nine goals for Charlotte in his last three games combined and ranks second on the team in points with 35 (27 goals, 7 assists). Paul Rabil needs just six assists to become the sixth player in MLL history with 200 career assists. The 10th-year-pro is three points shy of Casey Powell (520 points) for second place on the all-time points list.
Boston Cannons (3-6) at Rochester Rattlers (4-6)
Sunday, 5:00 PM on LSN
Storylines: These teams met on May 13 in Boston, and the Rattlers overcame a five-goal deficit for a 13-10 win. After a bye week followed by the All-Star break, the Cannons will take the field for the first time since June 22, a 16-15 OT loss to Ohio. Since then, the Cannons traded away top scorers in Will Manny and Joe LoCascio in exchange for Dave Lawson and Chris LaPierre, who will be making their debuts with Boston Sunday. Rochester is looking to end a three-game losing streak dating back to June 16.
Players to watch: All-Star faceoff man Drew Simoneau has won 55% of his draws this season and took the lion's share of faceoffs for Team Stars in the All-Star Game after Tom Kelly suffered an injury in the first quarter. He also won a crucial draw in overtime for Team Stars. He'll have a rematch with Joe Nardella (58%), who went up against Simoneau with Team Stripes in Sacramento.