All Lacrosse All The Time Weekly NLL Pick ‘Ems – Week 20

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

Week 19:

Pat…………………….6-3
Gary………………….6-3
“Muffler” Mike….4-5
Shawn………………6-3
Eduardo……………8-1

Year To Date:

Eduardo……………74-46
Shawn……………….73-47
Pat…………………….73-47
Gary………………….71-49
“Muffler” Mike…..57-63

Week 20 picks:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk

PHI @ COL

Philadelphia. The Wings may be eliminated, but this particular game is still a must-win, in order to improve the standing of that first round pick they acquired at the trade deadline (and which is contingent on where Colorado finishes this year)

ROC @ TOR

Toronto. The Rock wrap up the #1 overall seed, while the Knighthawks have consistency issues that will sorely need to be addressed in the offseason.

CGY @ BUF

Calgary. A chance for last year’s MVP and Goaltender of the Year to show that he was deserving of both accolades.

SD @ SASK

Saskatchewan. The Rush nearly swept last weekend and still have a legit shot at the playoffs, despite what some folks are speculating. I think they will be up to the challenge of their final two games.

COL @ LV

Las Vegas. I finally saw some resolve in this Desert Dogs team last week despite falling to Georgia. Their Super Hero theme night will amp them up even more to take down the Mammoth.

NY @ VAN

Vancouver. Going with the hotter of the two teams here, especially with a raucous home crowd now believing in the product on the floor.

ALB @ PC

Panther City. The growing pains had to come at some point for the FireWolves. Fortunately, they have a chance to right the ship in Week 21, already knowing they’ll be playing in the postseason.

Shawn Slaght:

Philadelphia vs Colorado

Pick – Colorado

Philly is playing for next year now, while the Mammoth are hanging on for their playoff lives. Colorado will take full advantage for Philly’s weak defense to pick up the win.

Rochester vs Toronto

Pick – Toronto

Toronto is going to come out swinging to get home field advantage throughout the playoffs. Rochester has been hot and cold and you can’t afford to be inconsistent against the Rock.

Calgary vs Buffalo

Pick – Buffalo

With it being Del Bianco vs Vinc I’m expecting a low scoring game. However, the Bandits just find ways it win especially at this time of year.

San Diego vs Saskatchewan

Pick – San Diego

I really think this is a winnable game. I don’t think the Seals can keep up with the speedy Rush. That being said, San Diego has snipers which Frank Scigliano struggles against. I gotta go with the Seals in a close one.

Colorado vs Las Vegas

Pick – Colorado

A tough back-to-back weekend for the Mammoth but they get two teams already eliminated from the playoffs. Las Vegas will need to play a flawless game if they want to play spoiler.

New York vs Vancouver

Pick – Vancouver

This is a completely different Vancouver Warriors team that we are used to seeing. They are believing again. The Warriors defense will find a way to limit Jeff Teat (and I mean limit, you don’t just shut Teat down).

Albany vs Panther City

Pick – Albany

I’m still on the Albany bandwagon. Their youth and inexperience may have been exposed but there is enough talent to get out of this skid.

Gary Groob:

Philadelphia vs. Colorado

Philadelphia wins.

The Wings have been struggling, no question.  But now it comes down to playing for pride!  Look for more high flying from the Wings.  Colorado has been inconsistent this year, and may be looking ahead to game two of the weekend.

Rochester vs. Toronto

Toronto wins.

The Rock are pushing for #1 seed in the league.  They have the majority of their starting lineup back, and are looking to get in playoff sync.  Rochester, although high scoring, yeilds a lot of goals.  Toronto has enough fire power to light them up!

Calgary vs. Buffalo

Buffalo wins.

The Bandits have been going well lately.  They can match the Roughnecks transition game, and have a habit of getting rolling early, which is the best way to get to Christian Del Bianco.  I think Buffalo takes the energy of sold out Banditland for the win!

San Diego vs. Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan wins.

While smart money says San Diego will win, if Toronto wins earlier in the night it won’t mean anything to them.  Saskatchewan has been going well lately, and will give everything they have to get in the playoffs.  This is my upset of the week.

Colorado vs. Las Vegas

Colorado wins.

The Mammoth match up well against Las Vegas.   The offense will tie the Desert Dogs defense up in knots.  Look for big games from Connor Robinson and Zed Williams.

New York vs. Vancouver

Vancouver wins.

Vancouver is playing with a lot of confidence, while New York is still centered around one man – Jeff Teat.   If Vancouver’s defense can hold up, they will get their goals.

Albany vs. Panther City

Panther City wins.

Although it is imperative that the losing skid for Albany stops before the playoffs start, this Panther City team will give them fits.  Damude in net has played well for Panther City, and with Callum Crawford back to healthy, the PCLC offense is very dangerous.

Eduardo Curros:

Philadelphia vs. Colorado

Colorado

Rochester vs. Toronto

Toronto

Calgary vs. Buffalo

Buffalo

San Diego vs. Saskatchewan

San Diego

Colorado vs. Las Vegas

Colorado

New York vs. Vancouver

Vancouver

Albany vs. Panther City

Albany

Pat Bernard


Philadelphia vs. Colorado

Colorado

Rochester vs. Toronto

Toronto

Calgary vs. Buffalo


Calgary

San Diego vs. Saskatchewan

San Diego

Colorado vs. Las Vegas

Las Vegas

New York vs. Vancouver

New York

Albany vs. Panther City

Albany

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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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