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Roughnecks to host playoff game May 3

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According to the Calgary Roughnecks website on Thursday, the Calgary Roughecks will have their home playoff game in the National Lacrosse League on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The Roughnecks will play either the Colorado Mammoth or the Vancouver Stealth in the West Division semifinal.

The Mammoth are currently in third place in the West Division at 6-10. The Stealth are in last place with a record of 4-11. The Mammoth will clinch a playoff spot this weekend with a victory over the Minnesota Swarm or a loss by the Stealth to the Philadelphia Wings.

The Mammoth meanwhile are in a period of transition. On March 4, the Mammoth fired head coach Bob Hamley and replaced him with Pat Coyle, Chris Gill and Dan Stroup who are all interim co-coaches.

The winner of the West Division semifinal will then play the Edmonton Rush in a best of three series in the West Division final. The West Division semifinal is a single elimination game.

The Rush have been the most dominant team in the West Division this season. They are currently 15-1, with 197 goals for and a National Lacrosse League least 138 goals against.

The Roughnecks at 10-6 are five games back of Edmonton and four games on Colorado. They close out their schedule with two games on the road. Their first game will be April 19 against the Rush at Rexall Place and their second game will be April 26 against the Stealth at the Langley Events Centre in southwestern British Columbia.

In the East Division, the Rochester Knighthawks (12-4), Buffalo Bandits (8-7) and Toronto Rock (7-9) have all qualified for the National Lacrosse League playoffs with two games each on their schedule. The Knighthawks have won the Eastern Division, while the Bandits and Rock are battling for home court advantage in the Eastern Division semifinal. The Bandits can host the game with a win at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Good Friday.

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