Game Day

DARREN FRIESEN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

COMING IN

The Roughnecks enter the most important weekend of the season on a one-game losing streak. Last Friday's loss to the Edmonton Rush puts the Roughnecks in a must-win situation.

The Sting is coming off its worse loss of the season, a 15-5 trouncing at the hands of the Buffalo Bandits.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

This will be the rubber match in the season series as both teams have won a game.

The Sting beat the Roughnecks 14-10 at home March 16 and the Roughnecks turned around and beat the Sting 14-12 the following weekend at the Saddledome.

WHO'S HOT

Roughnecks -- F Lewis Ratcliff set a single-game franchise record for points with 11 against the Edmonton Rush last Saturday. Ratcliff had seven goals and four assists.

Sting -- F Dan Dawson had three points in Arizona's 15-5 loss to the Buffalo Bandits. The whole team underperformed against the Bandits but expect Dawson -- one of the league's best -- to rebound tonight.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Powerplay -- Calgary 49% (53-for-109, 5th in NLL); Arizona 45% (49-for 109, 6th).

Penalty Killing -- Calgary 57% (5th); Arizona 51% (8th).

NOTABLES

Lewis Ratcliff's seven-goal performance gives him 45 for the season and puts him tied for the league lead with John Grant Jr. of the Rochester Knighthawks. Ratcliff sits fourth in the league for points with 90. With one more goal, Ratcliff would break Tracey Kelusky's single-season record for the franchise, which he set in 2005. Ratcliff needs just two points too best the franchise mark for points in a season he set last year ... Kelusky needs just three points to pass his best season in a Calgary uniform (77 points), set in 2005. He currently has 75 points (32g, 43a) ... Roughnecks rookie Jeff Shattler is second in scoring among NLL defenders with 31 points. In that same category, he is first in goals (14) and powerplay goals (5).


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