Mammoth task!

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush had two weeks to lick their wounds.

Now they get another shot at the bully that beat them up. They are on their way to Denver to face the Colorado Mammoth on Saturday.

"We're excited to play in Denver, it's a great atmosphere," said Rush assistant coach Jim Milligan.

"We're happy to be heading on the road.

"We hope to go in there and work hard and play well."

The Rush got a taste of how strong the defending National Lacrosse League champions are two weeks ago when they were trampled by the Mammoth 16-9 at Rexall Place.

"We were very impressed," said Milligan.

"They're very athletic, but we know we need to match up with that.

"We have Randy Daly, (Dan) Stroup and (Chris) Gill going back in there and hopefully they can give us some luck in that great atmosphere down in Denver."

Stroup and Gill were members of the Mammoth championships side last year and will be making their first trip back to Colorado since being selected an expansion draft and eventually traded to the Rush.

"I think they've done a great job for Edmonton," Mammoth head coach Gary Gait said of the pair.

"They've stepped it up and really elevated the offence on that squad.

"It'll be good to see them back in our building. The fans grew to love those guys and miss them. So I'm sure they'll be received well."

The Mammoth go into the game with a 5-1 record, leading the West Division standings. The Rush go in at 1-2 having lost two straight after a thrilling opening night victory.

They have not played since losing to the Mammoth on Jan. 19.

"I think it's an advantage that we're playing them again right away," Milligan said.

"You learn from it and you know what you didn't do well in that game. You have a chance to see some video and make your adjustments and hopefully this weekend we'll be better."

In their first encounter, the Rush played the Mammoth even through the first half of the game. At the half-time break the Rush were only down by a goal.

However the Mammoth turned things up in the second half and outscored the Rush 9-3 on their way to the victory.

"We know we have to run, we have to run all night long," said Milligan.

"You have to be prepared to work hard and run for 60 minutes. The Mammoth run for 60 minutes and they transition very well.

"We know that we have to match up to that and if we can, then maybe we can put ourselves in a situation to have a better outcome."


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