2022-2023 NLL ‘Pickems – Week Twenty

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

Week Nineteen Totals:

“Muffler” Mike……4-1

Year to Date:

“Muffler” Mike….62-53

Week Twenty:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:


Calgary. The Roughnecks keep cruising, and hope for a little help from others to win the West.


Colorado. The Mammoth know that even one loss moves them to the wrong side of the playoff picture. The West Division standings tighten up even more.


Philadelphia. The Wings are running into the arguably the biggest buzzsaw at the worst possible time. But they need this game more than the Rock do.


Georgia. While I’m glad to see the FireWolves break their skid last week, I’d be a fool not to go with the hottest team in the league on this pick.


New York. Buffalo has made a habit in recent years of stumbling near the end of the regular season. The Riptide are not to be taken lightly despite their record, and give the Bandits a wake-up call.


Saskatchewan. The Rush pen yet another dismal chapter in Halifax’s “season that should have been”.


Vancouver. The race for the final playoff spots becomes a free-for-all, as Panther City’s playoff hopes get postponed at least one more week.

Shawn Slaght:

Las Vegas vs Calgary

Pick – Calgary

First place isn’t out of the question for Calgary. They want home floor advantage throughout the playoffs. Vegas will keep it close. The biggest question is how hurt is Landon Kells?

San Diego vs Colorado

Pick – San Diego

The Seals are peaking at the right time. They finally look like the dominant team we were expecting and Frank Scigliano is looking good between the pipes.

Philadelphia vs Toronto

Pick – Toronto

Philly has a lot to play for, but I don’t think they are in the same league as the Rock. The Wings have been playing well, but need to find consistency.

Georgia vs Albany

Pick – Georgia

Albany’s win last week has made the Dyson Williams sweepstakes more interesting. My issue is it was only one game. They are going against the red-hot Georgia Swarm and need to prove it wasn’t a fluke.

New York vs Buffalo

Pick – Buffalo

If it weren’t for Jeff Teat this season would be even worse for New York. Buffalo has struggled as of late, but they are still in the battle for first.

Halifax vs Saskatchewan

Pick – Halifax

This is a tough one as both teams can’t put together a consistent effort. I feel it will come down to goaltending and I’d take Warren Hill over Alex Buque.

Panther City vs Vancouver

Pick – Panther City

I wouldn’t be surprised if Vancouver pulls off the upset. I think I have to go with Panther City as the favourites because they’ll want to make a statement heading towards the playoffs.

Gary Groob:

Las Vegas vs. Calgary

Calgary wins.

The Roughnecks are still mathematically able to finish first in the West.  They are too powerful offensively, and too good in transition.

San Diego vs. Colorado

San Diego wins.

This team has gelled at the right time.  Scigliano has been very good in net as well recently.   Look for this to be closer than most would think as Colorado is still fighting for the playoffs.

Philadelphia vs. Toronto

Toronto wins.

Dawson, de Snoo, and Corbeil are all in the lineup for Toronto.  While the Wings have played better, they still have lapses.  Look for the Rock to capitalize on thise lapses.

Georgia vs. Albany

Georgia wins.

From 0-7 to 7-8.  From scoring 9 goals a game and giving up 14, to scoring 14 and giving up 9.  Georgia is scary good right now.  They believe in each other and are playing that way.  Albany played well last week, but I think the Swarm are hungrier.

New York vs. Buffalo

Buffalo wins.

The Bandits are still hoping to finish first.  With Chase Fraser returning, and with Dhane Smith and Josh Byrne, the Bandits offense is lethal.  Matt Vinc in net is going to be a tough foe for the Riptide.

Halifax vs. Saskatchewan

Halifax wins.

While both teams are still vying for a playoff spot, the Thunderbirds are a more rounded team.  Buque has been inconsistant in net for the Rush, while Warren Hill has been more steady for Halifax.

PCLC vs. Vancouver

Panther City wins.

While the Warriors are capable of winning this game, PCLC needs it to stay in third place.  With only a few weeks left to the playoffs, this team should be very motivated.

Ryan McMichael:

Las Vegas vs. Calgary

Las Vegas

San Diego vs. Colorado

San Diego

Philadelphia vs. Toronto


Georgia vs. Albany


New York vs. Buffalo


Halifax vs. Saskatchewan


PCLC vs. Vancouver


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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.