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Buffalo, San Diego, Toronto and Colorado Have Clinched Playoff Berths; Four Remaining Spots Still Wide Open With Three Weeks Left in the Regular Season

Only Rochester Eliminated As Teams Vie For Spots In Expanded Chase to the Championship Format

PHILADELPHIA – With four teams having secured postseason berths—two in each Conference—the final three weeks will see nine clubs vying for the final four spots as the National Lacrosse League (@NLL), the largest and most successful professional lacrosse property in the world, heads towards its 2022 Playoffs and its expanded format beginning May 5-9. Buffalo (13-3) and Toronto (11-5) have clinched from the East while Colorado (10-6) and San Diego (9-6) are in from the West. Only Rochester has been eliminated from contention in the Chase to the Championship, though the Knighthawks can still play spoiler as every one of the remaining NLL games has playoff implications.

Under the new expanded playoff format instituted for this season, the top four teams in the East, top three teams in the West and one wild card team with the next best record qualify. For the full standings to date visit

Three key games this weekend that can help teams secure spots—and endanger the prospects of others—are Philadelphia (8-8, 5th East) at Albany (7-9, 6th East), Saturday 7 p.m. ET; and Calgary (8-7, 3rd West) at Vancouver (6-10, 5th West), Saturday, 10 p.m. ET. Halifax (9-6) plays at Toronto (11-5) in a battle for the 2nd seed in the East Conference in the Sports Interaction Game of the Week on TSN.

The playoff schedule is as follows:

  • Quarterfinals, May 5-9, Single-elimination
  • Conference Finals, May 12-16, May 19-23, May 26-30 (if necessary) Best-of-three
  • NLL Finals, June 2-6, June 9-13, June 16-20 (if necessary) Best-of-three

Media partners ESPN and TSN will provide live broadcasts of every playoff game. TSN and ESPN broadcast schedules for all rounds will be announced after the pairings are set. Follow along at for clinching scenarios as they develop.

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