PORTLAND -- A team with a dreadful record shouldn't need any incentive to muster up a win, but there is a mission in the hands of the Edmonton Rush for tonight's clash with the Portland LumberJax.
A loss by the Rush will complete their season record at 1-15, making them only the fourth team in NLL history to win just a single game in a year.
It is a gut-wrenching feeling being part of such a losing team, something the Rush's Ted Jenner knows all about. Jenner played on the last one-win squad - the 2004 edition of the Anaheim Storm.
Although labelled as an expansion team with all the transplated personnel, the LumberJax are simply the relocated Storm.
"We're a completely different team than the Storm," said Jenner.
"This team has all the promise in the world and that team didn't know what direction it was going.
"When you look at where we should be and where we are, sure it's disappointing but we're only going to learn from it."
A victory by the Rush would also put a kink in the Jax's hopes of a first-place finish in the West Division.
"We know they're going to come in loose," said Portland head coach Derek Keenan.
"They have some talented young guys.
"Sure, they've only got one win but it's not a situation of them not playing well, especially when you look at the number of close games they've lost."