All Lacrosse All The Time Weekly NLL Pick ‘Ems – Week 17

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

Week 16:

Pat……………………..4-3
Gary…………………..3-4
“Muffler” Mike……3-4
Shawn………………..4-3
Eduardo……………..3-4

Year To Date:

Shawn………………60-39
Pat……………………59-40
Eduardo……………57-42
Gary………………….56-43
“Muffler” Mike….47-52

Week 17 picks:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:

BUF @ PC

Buffalo. Bad timing for Panther City, despite being at home. Even worse, the Bandits are second weakest team out of the five PC has remaining on their schedule.

ALB @ CGY

Calgary. The Roughnecks are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. CDB singlehandedly prolongs the FireWolves’ late-season slump.

HFX @ TOR

Toronto. They’re back home, they’re fuming over yet another loss to Buffalo, and they need someone to take it out on.

VAN @ PHI

Philadelphia. Make no mistake, this game is not a gimme. The Wings need to continue playing as though they have no margin for error.

SASK @ NY

New York. This one is revenge for the Riptide, pure and simple. The Rush have a chance to make up for it later in the weekend as they begin their stretch of 5 games in 15 days.

ROC @ COL

Rochester. The Knighthawks are looking awfully good again, while the Mammoth have all but mailed it in.

LV @ SD

San Diego. Another revenge game, and a chance for the Seals to pull into a virtual tie for first place.

SASK @ GA

Saskatchewan. The Rush salvage a weekend split. Georgia needs to find answers on their homestand, and fast.

Shawn Slaght:

Buffalo vs Panther City

Pick – Buffalo

Buffalo are looking like the Bandits we expected and it’s coming at the right time. On the flip side, Panther City has been struggling down the stretch and are getting Buffalo at the worst time.

Albany vs Calgary

Pick – Albany

The Firewolves have hit a bit of a bump in the road but I have no doubts they will right the ship. The Roughnecks are playing better lacrosse. However, I think Albany is the better team.

Halifax vs Toronto

Pick – Toronto

This could be a back and forth game. The biggest question is can Halifax stay disciplined. If you give this high-powered Rock offence too many man advantages they will capitalize. Toronto’s only downfall could be their injury list.

Vancouver vs Philadelphia

Pick – Philadelphia

I’m going to stay optimistic about the Wings. If they can get their defence together the talent is all there. Higgins will once again for a huge game for the Wings.

Saskatchewan vs New York

Pick – Saskatchewan

The Rush need this game. While it is a revenge game for New York, the Rush have been road warriors all year. Goaltending for the Riptide has been shaky and the Rush will take full advantage.

Rochester vs Colorado

Pick – Rochester

The Knighthawks have righted the ship. Meanwhile, let’s face it, the Mammoth are playing for next year.

Las Vegas vs San Diego

Pick – San Diego

San Diego will come out firing on all cylinders. They want to clinch that playoff spot. Even if they don’t clinch with a win, they are just that much more closer. Las Vegas, like Colorado, are more looking towards next year.

Saskatchewan vs Georgia

Pick – Georgia

This is honestly a tough one. This is a winnable game for Saskatchewan and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rush pull off the win. However, it’s a tough road trip that only gets worse for Saskatchewan down the stretch.

Gary Groob:

Buffalo vs. Panther City

Buffalo wins.

The Bandits are healthier, and more confident.   Matt Vinc has looked good since his return.  With Callum Crawford out, the Panther City club is missing a huge piece in their offense.

Albany vs. Calgary

Albany wins.

Losers of two in a row, this team is too good to be on an extended losing streak.  Calgary has a transition game, but a very inconsistent offense overall.  Jamieson vs. Del Bianco means a very low scoring game.

Halifax vs. Toronto

Toronto wins.

The Rock are healthier, and were brought down to earth with a loss to the Bandits.  This is supposed to be their year, and tests like this need to become victories.  With Halifax it’s either feast or famine.   Which team travels to Hamilton?

Vancouver vs. Philadelphia

Vancouver wins.

Slowly Curt Malawsky has brought about a culture change in BC.  While the Wings had a big win last week, so did the Warriors.  I think the Warriors have enough talent, and enough spunk to come into Wells Fargo and steal a victory.

Saskatchewan vs. New York

New York wins.

Both teams have been very inconsistent this season.  Both teams have lots of potential to become strong forces.  This is a coin flip in my opinion, and I’ll lean to the home team.

Rochester vs.  Colorado

Rochester wins.

The Knighthawks can score, and score lots!  Colorado has had all kinds of trouble this year, and have moved many pieces for future picks.  This will be lopsided early.

Las Vegas vs. San Diego

San Diego wins.

The Seals were upset the last time these teams met, and don’t think they aren’t thinking about revenge.  Loads of offense, and with Origlieri playing well, it doesn’t bode well for the Desert Dogs.

Saskatchewan vs. Georgia

Georgia wins.

Two tough games in the weekend.  A pissed off Swarm team.  Lyle Thompson!   All good reasons I don’t see the Rush walking away with this victory.

Eduardo Curros:

Buffalo vs. Panther City

Buffalo is awake and off to the races now.

Albany vs. Calgary

FireWolves have been slumping but they are getting their second wind.

Halifax vs. Toronto

Toronto had an off day last week but I wouldn’t count on seeing another one this season.

Vancouver vs. Philadelphia

Vancouver has sprung back to life.

Saskatchewan vs. New York

Riptide are going to be aggressive this final stretch.

Rochester vs.  Colorado

Rochester is back and starting to fire on all cylinders.

Las Vegas vs. San Diego

San Diego is too much offensively or defensively for LV.

Saskatchewan vs. Georgia

Georgia has home field from here on out but they did miss fire last week.

Pat Bernard:

Buffalo vs. Panther City

Buffalo

Albany vs. Calgary

Albany

Halifax vs. Toronto

Toronto

Vancouver vs. Philadelphia

Vancouver

Saskatchewan vs. New York

Saskatchewan

Rochester vs.  Colorado

Rochester

Las Vegas vs. San Diego

San Diego

Saskatchewan vs. Georgia

Georgia

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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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