Whipsnakes vs. Chaos: Matchup Preview
By Jerome Taylor | Jul 31, 2020
Last year’s champion Whipsnakes, and Chaos, who won the most regular-season games last season, will face off against each other on Friday at 7 ET on NBCSN.
Chaos are coming off of an overtime loss to the Redwoods. In their last match, their defense was up to the task, but the offense got stuffed by excellent goalkeeping.
For Chaos to pick up their first win in pool play, the usual high-octane offense will have to return to form.
This game will be the second leg of a back-to-back for the Whipsnakes who blew out Atlas, 15-6 last night.
The Whipsnakes will be battling fatigue and also trying to keep pace with the league-leading Archers/Chrome by staying undefeated.
Storylines to Watch
Chaos Looking For First Win
So far, for Chaos, the Championship series has not gone according to plan.
After dropping their first game to Chrome, Chaos then lost in OT to their rivals, the Redwoods.
In both games, the offense was uncharacteristically bad. Through two games last season, Chaos had put 32 points on the scoreboard. In their first two games of 2020, they’ve put up half of that.
The Chaos may want to revert to their deadly transition game from last year to take advantage of a team coming off a game 24 hours ago.
Thomas Kelly had a rough start to the Championship Series, he got dominated in his matchup with Connor Farrell. Kelly went 7-24 in that matchup but came back more forceful against the Redwoods, winning 71% of his faceoffs.
Kelly is going to be going up against the hottest man at the stripe, Joseph Nardella.
Nardella has been on fire in his first two matchups, and currently leads the league in faceoff percentage at an astounding 7#%.
The biggest matchup in this contest is going to come in the Whipsnakes offensive zone. As the 2019 attackman of the year, Matt Rambo leads his attack against 2019 defenseman of the year Jarrod Neumann and goalie of the year Blaze Riorden’s defense.
Rambo was quiet in his previous outing (just two points) as he took the backseat to the two burgeoning stars beside him in Jay Carlson (four goals on Thursday) and Zed Williams (four points on Thursday).
The ‘Whips will be looking to continue to hit singles against Riorden, who is coming off a record-setting performance, saving 23 shots against the Redwoods.
Chaos is going to need another impenetrable performance from their guy between the pipes.
The over finally hit last night. DraftKings has set this matchup’s over/under at 22.5, a mark that neither team has reached in previous matchups.
The most exciting line in this game is the spread. Whipsnakes are currently favored to win by 2.5 points.
Considering Chaos will be desperate for their first win, and the Whipsnakes are playing for the second time in 24 hours. A three-goal differential at the final will be hard to come by.
0-2 is a tough spot, but there’s a chance for .500, which would probably place Chaos at the top of the bracket. 0-3 all but guarantees Chaos will play against a team that has played at a high level throughout pool play and makes the route to a championship much harder.
The Whips' repeat run has started strong, securing a one seed, and subsequently, a bye will help their chances. The Whipsnakes are coming into this game with the strongest goal differential (13) in the league, and another win would give them breathing room at that top spot.