Sting next buzz for the Rush

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

Talk about jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.

The Edmonton Rush, fresh off a pair of lopsided losses to the Colorado Mammoth, get to play their next two games against the red hot Arizona Sting. The Rush host the Sting Saturday (7 p.m.) at Rexall Place. They travel to Phoenix the following Sunday for a return encounter.

"If you look at the four hottest teams in the league, Colorado, Arizona, Calgary and Rochester, we get to see three of them early," said Rush head coach Paul Day.

"I think it's good for our fans and good for our young team to get up for the task."

Colorado is the best team in the National Lacrosse League. They lead the West Division and have won four straight. The Sting are the second best team in the West Division and have also won four straight. The Rush are at the bottom of the division standings and have lost three straight.

"I certainly know how Paul feels because our only loss is against Colorado, and they are playing very, very well," said Sting head coach Bob Hamley.

"It's tough every weekend. It doesn't matter who you're playing. It's the best indoor lacrosse in the world and the best players are playing.

"We're going to prepare for an Edmonton team that's young and fast and wants to prove to their home fans that they're legitimate."

After scoring 25 goals in their first two games, the Rush have had trouble finding the net as of late. They were limited to two second-half goals in their 16-7 loss to the Mammoth last Saturday in Colorado.

"One of the things we were lacking our last game was the power play," Day said. "The big positive is that we got five goals from our defencemen."


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