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The Vancouver Nighthawks (0-6) look for their first win of the 2016 season as the San Francisco Dogfish (1-3) come to town.

After a bye week and some time to build upon the many positives that the Nighthawks showed against Seattle in Week 5, Patrick Gatien’s squad might be facing their most favorable matchup this season.

The Nighthawks appear to be trending in an upward direction, giving Seattle everything they could handle until late in the fourth quarter in Week 5. San Francisco is trending the opposite way.

The Dogfish suffered a surprising defeat to the Rumble in the first ever regular season crossover game in Week 6, continuing their 2016 season struggles. Now they head to Vancouver.

Playing at home, the odds appear to be in the Nighthawks favor. The Dogfish haven’t won an away game since 2013. They’re coming off of a game where they converted just 45.8 percent of their offensive points and started slow, trailing 12-6 at halftime.

For the Nighthawks, the injury report for Week 7 looks relatively clean. With Erik Hunter, Taylor Nadon, Sascha Lo and much of their offensive core active for the game, the Nighthawks should be able to put out their lines with the best chemistry against San Francisco.

Hunter is third in the league in scoring this season with 27 and he’s played an impressive 123 points to this point.

Lo is active once again for Vancouver and his 1.629 TPOP is the most among players with 85 or more points played this season and his completion percentage of 94.7 percent is elite. The handler duo of Lo and Graeme Barber for Vancouver will give the defensive unit of San Francisco everything it can handle in Week 7.

David Stelck, Nathan Lam, and player-coach Gatien are among the most notable inactives for the Nighthawks in Week 7.

For the Dogfish, veteran Gabe Saunkeah appears to be nearing 100% health after playing the past few games with a leg injury and appearing noticeably hobbled at times.

With Taylor Cascino and Tom Lassetter among the most notable Dogfish listed as out on the injury report this week, the Dogfish still have plenty of playmakers active for the trek to Vancouver. The aforementioned Saunkeah, James Sheridan, Devon Williams and Thomas Pineda can rack up blocks (25 this season collectively) in a hurry if you’re not precise on offense against them. They are able to win a lot of battles in the air and do not hesitate to layout for the disc.

Once again for the Nighthawks, handler play will be at the forefront of importance as they prepare for what San Francisco does defensively.

Opening pull in Vancouver is set for 6:00PM PT at Thunderbird Stadium. Tickets can be purchased here and the game will be streamed on MLU Live.

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