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Bandits notebook: Morning shootaround

It was easy to guess what was topic number one during this morning's workout in HSBC Arena: Friday night's results.

The Colorado Mammoth did itself and the Bandits a big favor with a win over the Calgary Roughnecks. Not only did Colorado wrap up the fourth and final playoff spot in the West, but it opened a door for the Bandits.

If Buffalo wins its last two games, it will pass Calgary and become the first team in the overall standings. That would mean that the Bandits would never have to leave home in the postseason, a potentially good-sized advantage. If Buffalo wins one of its remaining two games, it would clinch first in the East but have to go to Calgary if those two teams met in the final.

This is all getting a bit ahead of the story, even if it does give Buffalo a goal for both of its last two games. Job one comes tonight when the Boston Blazers come to town at 7:30. Darris Kilgour reports everyone is just about healthy; Roger Vyse may return to the lineup tonight and Frank Resetarits could play next week if needed.

I'll be on the scene with a live blog tonight. A crowd of at least 16,000 will join me in seeing Rich Kilgour's No. 16 go to the rafters as the Bandits have a uniform retirement ceremony.

--- Budd Bailey

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