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posted 01.10.2013 at 12.15 p.m. by Neil Stevens

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Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. ET (Broadcast info: YouTube)

2012 meetings

Jan. 27: Philadelphia 13 at Buffalo 10
Feb. 12: Buffalo 13 at Philadelphia 14
April 7: Philadelphia 7 at Buffalo 17

There are 13 new Wings including seven rookies: ''With change there is a little bit of uncertainty and we don't quite know what we have yet,'' captain Brodie Merrill said ... The Wings' Jordan Hall was assessed a one-game suspension for high-sticking during a Dec. 22 exhibition game versus Toronto but might be available Friday if his appeal is successful ... Buffalo D Billy Dee Smith sits out. He lost his appeal of a two-game suspension carrying over from last season. D Jimmy Purves has been activated.


Minnesota at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. ET (YouTube)

2012 meetings

Jan. 28: Buffalo 11 at Minnesota 19
March 17: Minnesota 10 at Buffalo 13

Swarm captain Andrew Suitor is under a two-game suspension for an incident in a playoff game last May ... Minnesota's four first-round draft picks made for a highly competitive camp. ''Every issue we felt we had to address, we were able to do so,'' coach Joe Sullivan said ... Veteran goalie Anthony Cosmo joined the Bandits midway through 2012. ''We're really excited to have him for a full year,'' says assistant coach Rich Kilgour ... Minnesota will go with a two-goalie system again with Evan Kirk and Tyler Carlson alternating.

Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m. ET (Altitude, NLL on YouTube)

2012 meetings

March 10: Washington 11 at Colorado 13
March 11: Colorado 8 at Washington 11.

The Mammoth added five or six new faces to a squad that was 11-5 last year and coach Bob Hamley is optimistic. ''We had a great camp, very competitive,'' Hamley said ... Stealth D Kyle Sorensen and Mammoth F John Grant Jr. are summer teammates in their home city of Peterborough, Ontario, and Sorensen makes it clear he'd rather watch Grant score goals than try to stop him: ''He's so dynamic on the floor,'' Sorensen said. ''There are so many things he can do. But you look down their roster and see a supporting cast of guys who can score goals as well so we can't forget about them.''

Toronto at Calgary, 9 p.m. ET (ESPN3 in U.S., TSN2/TSN Mobile in Canada, YouTube outside of North America)

2012 meetings

Jan. 8: Calgary 12 at Toronto 9
Jan. 28: Toronto 14 at Calgary 13.

''We think we've got a real solid club and we've just got to go out and prove it now,'' Rock GM Terry Sanderson said ... Roughnecks forward Dan Dobbie is under a one-game suspension for an incident in the playoffs last spring ... New head coach Curt Malawsky is pushing the 'Necks hard. Faceoff specialist Geoff Snider says it was hardest training camp he's endured. ''Guys are chomping at the bit to get out there to compete,'' Snider said. ''It's the tightest group I've been involved with in team sports.''


Toronto at Edmonton, 4 p.m. ET (YouTube)

2012 meetings

April 7: Edmonton 8 at Toronto 12
April 28: Toronto 12 at Edmonton 11

There's high anticipation for the NLL debut of No. 1 draft pick Mark Matthews of the Rush. ''It's been a fun ride the last month or so with training camp and getting settled in in Edmonton,'' Matthews said ... At least 10 of the players on the 23-man active roster will be living in Edmonton during the season. No. 1 goalie Aaron Bold is a personal trainer so will be leading weekday fitness sessions ... ''They're going to be a handful, no question about that,'' Rock GM Terry Sanderson said of the Rush ... Sanderson on goaltender Nick Rose: ''Nick had a very good camp. Nothing seems to bother this kid. We think we've got a good one and he'll get every opportunity to show that he's our No. 1 guy.''