2022-2023 NLL ‘Pickems – Week Nineteen

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

Week Eighteen Totals:

“Muffler” Mike……6-2

Year to Date:

“Muffler” Mike…..58-52

Week Nineteen:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:


Rochester. The main concern here for the Knighthawks will be keeping everyone healthy in what could be a lopsided affair.


Georgia. I have to go with the hotter of the two teams here. Unfortunately for the Rush, their playoff hopes will take a major blow this weekend.


Calgary. The Roughnecks outrun Panther City to solidify their hold on the #2 seed in the West (and a Home playoff game).


Colorado. The defending champs keep the pressure on Panther City as well as East teams just behind them in the standings.


San Diego. Seals have too much firepower for Las Vegas, who will keep it close but see their playoff hopes vanish.

Shawn Slaght:

Albany vs Rochester

Pick – Rochester

There’s not much analyzing to be done here. Rochester wants to lock up a playoff spot. Meanwhile, Albany is heading towards winning the Dyson Williams sweepstakes.

Saskatchewan vs Georgia

Pick – Georgia

If Saskatchewan can put together a full 60 minutes they will win this one. The issue is they haven’t been able to do that in the last several games. I get the feeling this will be a high scoring game but Lyle Thompson will pick apart the Rush.

Panther City vs Calgary

Pick – Calgary

The Roughnecks aren’t going to hold back even though they have locked up a playoff spot. It’s a bit of the long shot but first place isn’t out of the question for Calgary.

Vancouver vs Colorado

Pick – Vancouver

My upset pick of the week. Nothing would give this Vancouver more confidence than to play spoiler. Although it’s too-little-too-late, the Warriors are finding their footing.

San Diego vs Las Vegas

Pick – San Diego

As much as I like what Vegas has going for them right now, we’re seeing the high-powered offence we were expecting from the Seals. The only thing that could hamper San Diego is becoming too complacent because they’ve locked up a playoff spot.

Gary Groob:

Albany vs. Rochester

Rochester wins.

The Knighthawks have lost three in a row, and need this game to get back on track.  Although two losses were OT losses to Philly, if they don’t right the ship, the Wings could catch them in the standings.

Saskatchewan vs. Georgia

Georgia wins.

The Swarm have been on fire lately, winning six of their last seven games.  From a dismal 0-7 start, this team is now fighting for fourth place in the division.  Saskatchewan has had a few problems. Goaltending has been a bit of a question mark.  If they are to win, they need to have a total team effort.

PCLC vs. Calgary

PCLC wins.

In the upset of the week, Panther City overcomes the crowd, and goalie Christian Del Bianco for the win.  Look for Callum Crawford to have a big game.  This will be close, and this will be rough.

Vancouver vs. Colorado

Colorado wins.

This will be a lot closer than people think.  Vancouver is learning how to win, while Colorado has been so inconsistent this year.  Colorado needs this game if they want to stay in the playoff race.  They will play like a desperate team, and grab the victory.

San Diego vs. Las Vegas

San Diego wins.

The Seals have finally found their cohesiveness.   This doesn’t bode well for anyone on their path.  While Vrlegas has played well lately, they aren’t at the level that the Seals are.  This game will be over by the half.

Ryan McMichael:

Albany vs. Rochester


Saskatchewan vs. Georgia


PCLC vs. Calgary


Vancouver vs. Colorado


SD vs Las Vegas

San Diego

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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.