2022-2023 NLL ‘Pickems – Week 22

All season long the All Lacrosse All The Time Crew will put together their picks for the upcoming week of NLL games.

Week Twenty-One Totals:

“Muffler” Mike……3-4

Year to Date:

“Muffler” Mike….68-61

Week Twenty-Two:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:


Philadelphia. Wings end their season on a high note, sweeping this season series to finish at .500


Buffalo. The Bandits tune up for Round 1 against…


Georgia. The Swarm are home and it is assumed Andrew Kew and Seth Oakes will be back in the lineup. Halifax goes home with the same season-ending uncertainty as last year.


San Diego. Both teams tune up for the first-round playoff rematch in a week.


New York. The Riptide spoil the Warriors’ home finale, as both teams look to 2024.


Saskatchewan. The Rush finish on a high note. For some tenured veterans, could this be the end of their time donning the lime and black?

Shawn Slaght:

Philadelphia vs Rochester

Pick – Rochester

Rochester may have clinched a playoff spot, but they need this game. They are limping into the post-season and need to gain some momentum.

Buffalo vs Albany

Pick – Buffalo

Unfortunately for Albany, Buffalo likely isn’t going to rest players. The Bandits are finally getting health and will want to make a statement that they are done being the bridesmaid.

Halifax vs Georgia

Pick – Georgia

Everything is on the line. Winner is in the playoffs, loser goes home. Georgia is one of the hottest teams in the league. They are peaking at the right time and will send the T-Birds packing.

Colorado vs San Diego

Pick – San Diego

This is a tough one. I feel like San Diego will go with Origlieri in goal and rest Scigliano for the playoffs. That being said, San Diego’s lethal offence is firing on all cylinders and it’s hard to bet against that.

New York vs. Vancouver

Pick – New York

Jeff Teat will be the difference. I’m guessing the Warriors will be starting Aiden Walsh in goal to give the young goaltender some playing time. Walsh has been hot and cold and I think Teat can exploit that.

Saskatchewan vs. Las Vegas

Pick – Saskatchewan

The Rush look like a completely different team with Laine Hruska between the pipes. There will also be extra motivation as a lot of veterans will be on the hot season heading into the offseason.

Gary Groob:

Philadelphia Wings vs. Rochester Knighthawks

Rochester wins.

Although not a must win, you know they want to go in on a positive note.  Philadelphia has won the two meetings so far, and will be looking to sweep the season.  Look for Connor Fields and Ryan Smith to have big games.

Buffalo Bandits vs. Albany FireWolves

Buffalo wins.

The Bandits are looking to finish first in the league with a victory.  Albany has been playing for jobs, and this week will be no different.  Last week’s Bandit victory over Toronto marked the first time all year they had a full lineup.  Look for Buffalo to be more in sync as the game wears on.

Halifax Thunderbirds vs. Georgia Swarm

Halifax wins.

In this week’s game of the week, everything is on the line in this game.  Look for the pace to be fast and furious from the word go.  This will be a dog fight all night.  The Thunderbirds are just a bit deeper, and experienced, and it will come in to play on this game.

Colorado Mammoth vs. San Diego Seals

San Diego wins.

If the Seals hope to finish first in the league they need to win.  This is a preview of the playoffs to come and posturing will be the order of the day.  Look for Dobbie and Dickson to have big nights.

New York Riptide vs. Vancouver Warriors

Vancouver wins.

The Warriors and Riptide seasons mercifully will come to an end after this game.  Both have had decent showings lately, but have been inconsistent all year.  Look for this to be a rather entertaining game, with a lot of scoring.

Saskatchewan Rush vs. Las Vegas Desert Dogs

Saskatchewan wins.

Laine Hruska continues his Cinderella story for the Rush.  Look for the Saskatchewan to have a big night on offense.

Ryan McMichael:

Philadelphia Wings vs. Rochester Knighthawks

Rochester Knighthawks

Buffalo Bandits vs. Albany FireWolves

Buffalo Bandits

Halifax Thunderbirds vs. Georgia Swarm

Georgia Swarm

Colorado Mammoth vs. San Diego Seals

Colorado Mammoth

New York Riptide vs. Vancouver Warriors

New York Riptide

Saskatchewan Rush vs. Las Vegas Desert Dogs

Saskatchewan Rush

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.