All the talk this weekend has been about the winner-take-all Rumble vs. Current game this Sunday, but first they must take on the Boston Whitecaps on Saturday at 7 pm.
With Boston one game away from a perfect regular season, the Rumble will use the game as a warm-up for their game against the Current and try to break the Whitecaps streak. With a win against the Current the next day, this game could set a precedent for what very well could be the Eastern Conference Championships.
New York has been plagued by injuries lately, and they will be missing two of their most prolific players against the Whitecaps in Chris Mazur (23G, 23A) and Dan Heijmen, who recently tore his meniscus (10G, 17A). The Whitecaps, however, will also be missing two of their top players in Jeff Graham (approved absence) and Brandon Malacek (suspension).
Without Graham and Malacek, the Rumble defense will be able to focus on the under as the loss of Graham and Malacek will be a huge blow to Boston’s deep game. Look for the trio of Anderson, Baker and Cox to match-up against Josh Markette and Peter Prial, who have recently risen to the top of the league in stats in the past three weeks. They will need to do so again to make up for the loss of Graham and Malacek.
While their defense has been clicking lately, the Rumble will have to once again step up on offense with the absence of Mazur and Heijmen. Look for Faust to play a big role as he returns after missing the last game against DC. New York showed their depth last game after losing some top offensive players, as Kevin Terry, Markian Kuzmowycz and Jody Avirgan all had big games.
Even though the “big” game is on Sunday, you can never ignore the intensity of a New York vs. Boston rivalry match-up.