Roughnecks Game Day

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

TONIGHT, 7:30 P.M. SADDLEDOME TV: NLL.COM/RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN

The Roughnecks throttled San Jose in last Saturday's West Division final, cruising to a 17-5 victory after G Matt King shut out the Stealth for the first three quarters. After claiming the top seed in the East Division, the homestanding Titans beat the Buffalo Bandits 9-3 to advance to the Champion's Cup final.

HEAD TO HEAD

The Riggers edged the Titans 12-10 in a Feb. 28 matinee at Madison Square Garden in New York, although the hosts were without the services of captain and offensive dynamo Casey Powell. This is the first playoff meeting between the two.

WHO'S HOT

CALGARY -- F Josh (Shooter) Sanderson flirted with the Riggers' single-game scoring record against the Stealth, finishing with one goal and nine helpers.

NEW YORK -- F Casey Powell was in on almost every goal in the Titans' semifinal victory over the Bandits, scoring twice and adding five assists.

SPECIAL TEAMS

POWERPLAY -- Calgary: 60.2% (68-113, 1st in NLL); New York: 43.4% (46-106, 8th).

PENALTY KILL -- Calgary: 49.3% (36-71, 11th in NLL); New York: 58.9% (46-112, 3rd).

NOTABLES

The Roughnecks won their only Champion's Cup in 2004, while the Titans have advanced to the final for the first time in their three-year existence ... The host Riggers are going out of their way to steer clear of the championship trophy, refusing to even being in the same room as the Cup after it arrived yesterday. The Titans, meanwhile, posed for pictures with the hardware ... Roughnecks G Matt King set an NLL playoff record last weekend against San Jose, keeping the visitors off the scoreboard for 45 minutes, 24 seconds. He also scored the game-winning goal ... Stampeders QB Henry Burris will be on the floor for the ceremonial faceoff.


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