With only four regular season games remaining, if the Denver Outlaws want to make it to the Major League Lacrosse playoffs they need a win tonight.
The Denver Outlaws (4-6) will take on the Atlanta Blaze (3-6) for the second and final time. The Outlaws will look to avenge a 23-12 road loss in Week 4.
Denver currently sits 7th in the MLL league-wide rankings, with time running low to earn one of the coveted top-4 spots and a shot at the post-season.
Now on a 2-game winning streak, in order for the Outlaws to have a prayer of making it to the playoffs, they’ll need to win at least 3 — and perhaps all 4 — of their remaining games.
Tonight’s test against the Blaze is one the team must pass.
After winning their opener at home against Ohio, the Outlaws went on the road and dropped 3 straight games in May. In fact, the team has yet to win a single away game this year.
Despite their 3-6 record on the season, Atlanta has been competitive in most games this season and have lost three games by one goal, including two overtime losses.
The good news for the Outlaws is that Atlanta has also lost two key offensive players to injury.
“Every team in this league has plenty of guys at every position except for maybe goalie and faceoff so they’ll put a talented player in there no doubt,” said Outlaws head coach B.J. O’Hara.
“We like our chances of having them at home,” he continued. “They put a pretty good lick on us down in the early season so I’m sure our guys won’t overlook them or feel that they’re not going to be as competitive just because those guys are hurt.”
The game will air on the Lax Sports Network at 7:30 pm MDT.