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What to watch for vs. Saskatchewan Rush

Rock Chasing Historic 15th Win

Hamilton, ON – The Toronto Rock (14-3) will take on the Saskatchewan Rush (8-9) tonight at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, SK. The game will be the Rock’s final regular season contest.  Toronto has already locked up the number one seed for the NLL playoffs which begin next Saturday night in Rock City.

If Toronto can emerge victorious from tonight’s battle with Saskatchewan, the Rock will set a new franchise record with 15 wins.  It would be the second best win total in league history behind only the Edmonton Rush who won 16 games in 2014.

Fans can watch the game vs. Saskatchewan at 9:00pm ET on TSN’s digital platform TSN+ via TSN.ca and the TSN App as well as ESPN+.  To stream the game, you need a TSN+ subscription.

Here’s what to watch for in Saturday’s matchup.

  • Nick Rose is the frontrunner for the goaltender of the year and has a seat at the table in the NLL MVP conversation. He leads the league in wins, GAA, and Save %.  It’s the goalie version of the triple crown.
  • On the back end, Brad Kri and Mitch de Snoo will both receive serious consideration for NLL Defensive Player of the Year. Kri was the runner-up for the award to teammate Latrell Harris and de Snoo won the award two seasons ago.  If Kri were to win this year’s award, it would mean three straight for the Rock, with three different winners.
  • Tonight, will mark the first game back to Saskatchewan for former Rush Mark Matthews, Chris Corbeil, and Dan Lintner. Both Lintner and Matthews were acquired via trade prior to the 23-24 season.  Corbeil signed with Toronto as a UFA leading into the 22-23 season.  Corbeil and Matthews were members of all three Rush title teams.
  • On the other side of this matchup, this will be the first time the Rock will take on a pair of familiar faces in Zach Manns and Adam Jay who are both enjoying terrific seasons in their new colours with the Rush.
  • Mark Matthews needs 9 points to reach 100 for the sixth time in his NLL career and the first time since the 2018-19 season.
  • As far as scoreboard watching goes, if Colorado beats Halifax AND Buffalo beats Las Vegas, the Rock will lock in the number one draft pick in the 2024 NLL Draft. Toronto holds Las Vegas’ first round pick acquired in the trade that sent Rob Hellyer to the Desert Dogs 2022.
  • INJURY REPORT: Brandon Slade is on the IR with a lower body injury. Chris Boushy is listed as Out for tonight’s game, Brad Kri is questionable for tonight’s game. Latrell Harris and Chase Schiavon remain on the PUP List.
  • Next weekend, the Rock will open the playoffs at home on Saturday, April 27th at 4:30pm at FirstOntario Centre.

Fans should also check out the latest episode of Rock City Unplugged, streaming now on the Rock’s YouTube Channel and on TSN+.

Get primed for tonight’s game with the latest episode of the Toronto Rock Total Access podcast.  Join us for a dive into the Listener Mailbag!

For more information on Toronto Rock tickets, please contact a Toronto Rock account executive by phone at 416-596-3075, by email at tickets@torontorock.com or visit torontorock.com.

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