All Lacrosse All The Time Weekly NLL Pick ‘Ems – Week 18

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

Week 17:

“Muffler” Mike…..4-4

Year To Date:

“Muffler” Mike…51-56

Week 18 picks:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:


Philadelphia. Both teams are pissed off after their Week 17 performances. I’m going with the less tired squad.


Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Wings, the Bandits are also pissed off about their Week 17 performance.


Rochester. Two more teams who had dismal performances in Week 17. Going with the higher scoring home side to send Halifax to their fifth straight loss.


Vancouver. Finally, a team that actually won last week! The Malawsky Effect is starting to manifest, and as long as that number in the loss column remains at 9, the Warriors have a shot at the playoffs.

Shawn Slaght:

Saskatchewan vs Philadelphia

Pick – Saskatchewan

These are two teams that desperately need a win. I think it’s going to come down to defence. The Rush offence has enough fire power while Philly’s defence has been the Achilles heel.

Buffalo vs Philadelphia

Pick – Buffalo

The Wings really get the short end of the stick this week. Buffalo really needs this win and won’t lay down for a tired Wings team.

Halifax vs Rochester

Pick – Halifax

This could be a close one. When Rochester finds their groove they are a dangerous team. However, Halifax is just playing at another level right now.

Vancouver vs Las Vegas

Pick – Vancouver

It took longer than expected but I think we are now seeing the Curt Malawsky effect. The culture around the Warriors locker room is changing and they are believing again.

Gary Groob:

Saskatchewan vs. Philadelphia

Saskatchewan wins.

Both teams had a rough week last week, but I feel the Rush just have that little extra.  The young legs are more resilient than we think.

Buffalo vs. Philadelphia

Buffalo wins.

This really is a must win for the Bandits.   They have to create separation from the lower tiered teams or risk not making the playoffs because of tie breakers that they don’t have with many.

Halifax vs. Rochester

Halifax wins.

This Thunderbirds team has all the talent to be a championship calibre team.  They need to be disciplined!  They can match Rochester’s offense.  I give a slight edge to the Thunderbirds goaltending (if Warren Hill is on!).  The big thing is defense, which I give the advantage to Halifax.

Vancouver vs. Las Vegas

Vancouver wins.

The present Warriors are nothing like the team that started the year.  The Desert Dogs unfortunately are the same team, still looking for their identity.  Each category I give a slight edge to the Warriors.

Eduardo Curros:

Saskatchewan vs. Philadelphia


Buffalo vs. Philadelphia


Halifax vs. Rochester


Vancouver vs. Las Vegas


Pat Bernard:

Saskatchewan vs. Philadelphia


Buffalo vs. Philadelphia


Halifax vs. Rochester


Vancouver vs. Las Vegas


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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.