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Chaos vs. Chrome: Matchup Preview

By Marisa Ingemi | Aug 3, 2020

A tale of two teams heading in different directions; a resurgent Chrome club and a Chaos club that never found a rhythm in four games of group play.

Add in the elimination factor, and suddenly every game has an extra sense of urgency to it. That can be said for every remaining contest in the PLL Championship Series, but perhaps no two teams have more to prove than these two.

One of these teams gets to move on and prove they belong in the upper echelon of PLL teams. For Chrome, that’s a goal to shoot for following a rough first season and strong group play round this time around, and for Chaos, it’s finding their first win at all.

 

Breakdown

Last time out
The last time these teams faced off, Chrome came out with the 13-9 win and dominated at 72 percent at the faceoff dot.

That might be the key to Tuesday’s contest as well.

Connor Farrell enters Tuesday with a 56 percent from the faceoff dot while Chaos’ Tommy Kelly drops off at 33 percent. It would be a heck of a time for Kelly to turn out his strongest performance of the tournament and earn Chaos their first win.

Major matchup
While Chaos has struggled to score, they still have a ton of weapons. One of the more intriguing matchups is what Chrome decides to do with their rookie defenseman Reece Eddy.

Eddy, in his first four professional games ever, has become a stalwart for the Chrome defense, causing five turnovers and being one of their shutdown guys.

While Chaos has a ton of talent all over the field, their struggling offense could become a field day for Eddy to have his way if things go the right way for Chrome.

Scoring deficit
Chaos’ most surprising issue is their lack of scoring, coming in at just eight goals per game. They’re shooting at only 22 percent and have tallied a single two-point goal.

With how much offensive talent is on that team, including Connor Fields and Curtis Dickson, it’s the type of thing that, given a longer period of time, could even itself out.

But, Chaos doesn’t have time to wait around; they have to score now or be on the sidelines.

 

Ramifications

It’s an elimination game, so now it’s winner take all. Chaos has had a lot of room to figure out their flaws in the first four games and haven’t come out with a win.

It would be a really great time for them to get their act together on offense, but the reality is they haven’t yet. Maybe the desperation factor is what does it.

Chrome already had a lot of that hunger entering the tournament following a disappointing campaign a year ago, and now they’ve had a taste of some success. The top of the league -- the Whipsnakes, Archers, and Chrome -- is as competitive as it could get, and Chrome wants to prove they belong in the conversation with those other two.