Hero not wanted

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

A week ago Curtis Palidwor came in to save the day.

The Edmonton Rush hope it doesn't come to that again when they face the Arizona Sting this afternoon (1 p.m.) in Glendale.

"We hope he doesn't have to be as outstanding as he was last week," said Rush head coach Paul Day. "We want to get off to a good start and play a strong team game."

Last week when the two teams met at Rexall Place, Palidwor started on the bench.

The Vancouver native had been acquired a few days earlier from the expansion New York Knights and was penciled in to backup Pat O'Connor.

However Palidwor was called upon four shots into the contest with the Rush down four goals.

"He came and played extremely well for us," Day said. "I expect him to play well again (this afternoon)."

Palidwor stopped 42 of the 47 shots he faced in an 11-9 win.

For his efforts, he was named National Lacrosse League defensive player of the week.

He'll be back in net today against the Sting.

This time, however, he won't be catching Arizona by surprise.

"I expect their coaching staff to make some changes this week, to try and get a bit more offence," Day said.

"I think their defence is going to run a lot more and they're going to try to put some pressure on us."

Palidwor wasn't the only player to contribute in the Rush's win over the Sting last week.

The Rush had 10 different goal-scorers in the contest and managed to overcome their early deficit.

It was the team's second victory of the season and third in franchise history.

"I think we also did a pretty good job of stepping up and not letting them have a lot of time and space with the ball," Day said. "We tried to keep them from having their possession for the entire 30 seconds (shot clock). We didn't let their defencemen bring the ball up with ease, we made them work for it every time and that seem to work for our advantage."

A victory would move the Rush to within a win of the Sting in the West Division standings. Heading into the contest the Sting were tied for second place in the division with the Calgary Roughnecks with a 4-2 record.

The Rush go in with a 2-3 record. They head into the week occupying the fourth and final playoff spot in the division. The Colorado Avalanche lead the division heading into the weekend with a 7-1 record.

"I think we're considering games in the West as essentially playoff games," Day said. "It's pretty important to stay in the middle of the pack and try and stay with the rest of the teams out West, so it's a pretty important game for us."

GILL STILL IN LEAD: After scoring eight goals in his first three games, Chris Gill has been limited to two goals in the past two games. The Rush forward still leads the team in scoring with 20 points. Last year Gill had 45 points in 16 games with the NLL champion Mammoth.


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