All Lacrosse All The Time Pick’Ems

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

Totals:

Eduardo……………0-0
Gary…………………0-0
“Muffler” Mike…..0-0
Pat…………………..0-0
Shawn……………..0-0

Week 1 picks:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:

SASK @ HFX

Saskatchewan. As difficult as it is to get a road win in The Nest, I think not having Staats, Jamieson, and Fannell in the lineup is too much for the Thunderbirds to overcome.

ALB @ LV

Las Vegas. Going with the home team here, if only because their lineup has less turnover from last season than Albany’s lineup.

PCLC @ VAN

Panther City. Same issue here – more turnover in Vancouver’s lineup means more growing pains.

CGY @ ROC

Calgary. Yet another instance of a road team that had less roster turnover beating a home team that needs a few more reps to develop chemistry.

PHI @ NY

Philadelphia. I think this game will be the most hotly-contested one of the weekend. Giving the slight edge to the Wings’ offense to open the season on the right trajectory.

Shawn Slaght:

Sask vs Halifax

Pick – Halifax

Don’t get me wrong. The Rush are going to turn some heads this season. However, there was a lot of change over and it’ll take them time to gel. Halifax on the other hand will be playing with a chip on their shoulders. I’ll take the Thunderbirds in a close one.

Albany vs Las Vegas

Pick – Albany

Two teams in very similar situations. I have to give the edge to Albany. I think they have the edge in goaltending and they are healthy coming into this season compared to last year.

Panther City vs Vancouver

Pick – Vancouver

This is going to be an early statement game for the Warriors. This is Curt Malawsky and crew to prove that the losing culture in Vancouver is over.

Calgary vs Rochester

Pick – Calgary

Already a marquee match up to start the season. I just have a hard time seeing Rochester keeping up with Calgary’s run-and-gun offence/transition.

Philadelphia vs New York

Pick – New York

Another great match up that could come down to the wire. I’m not quite sure what to make of the Wings this year. The talent is there, but losing Trevor Baptiste was a huge loss. Needless to say, Jeff Teat will take over this game.

Gary Groob:

Friday:

Saskatchewan vs. Halifax

Halifax wins

While Saskatchewan is much improved, the Thunderbirds are on a championship or Bust mentality.  Many coming off a Mann Cup and President’s Cup win, the Thunderbirds will be dangerous this year.

Albany vs. Las Vegas

Albany wins

This will be a really interesting game to watch.  Both teams have had major face-lifts and are eager to get rolling.  The difference is in goaltending, my money is on Doug Jamieson.

Panther City vs. Vancouver

Vancouver wins

Curt Malawsky has taken this team and made them a feared team once again.  The goaltending is solid, lots of scoring, and strong D will give Panther City a long evening.

Saturday:

Calgary vs. Rochester

Calgary wins

This will be another close and physical battle.  The Roughnecks have become a tougher team, with strength on all points of their offense.   While Rochester is a good team, I don’t think they match up with the Calgary grind ’em game.

Philadelphia vs. New York

New York wins

Jeff Teat!  Add in a good surrounding cast, and solid goaltending from Cam Dunkerley and this Riptide team will surprise a number of teams this year.

Eduardo Curros:

Saskatchewan vs. Halifax:

Saskatchewan

Albany vs. Las Vegas


Las vegas

Panther City vs. Vancouver

Vancouver

Calgary vs. Rochester

Calgary

Philadelphia vs. New York

Philadelphia

Pat Bernard

Saskatchewan vs. Halifax

Halifax

Albany vs. Las Vegas

Albany

Panther City vs. Vancouver

Vancouver

Calgary vs. Rochester

Rochester

Philadelphia vs. New York

Philadelphia

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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.

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