All Lacrosse All The Time Weekly NLL Pick ‘Ems – Week 5

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

Week 4:

Pat……………………3-0
Gary…………………3-0
“Muffler” Mike…1-2
Shawn……………..3-0
Eduardo…………..2-1

Year To Date:

Gary………………..13-6
Pat…………………..12-7
Shawn……………..12-7
Eduardo…………..9-10
“Muffler” Mike…7-12

Week 5 picks:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:

PHI @ HFX

Halifax. The Thunderbirds look like the most complete team in the league right now. The Wings have historically struggled against Halifax, and have key players missing.

GA @ BUF

Georgia. The Swarm bounced back in big fashion last week. Also, Championship Hangover is real –  Banditland is no exception.

ROC @ SD

San Diego. The former West teams have struggled over the first month – that needs to change, starting this week.

NY @ TOR

Toronto. The Rock are rolling and the Riptide are reeling. That’s it.

LV @ CGY

Calgary. The Roughnecks are better than their record indicates. They get back on track against an up-and-down Vegas team.

VAN @ COL

Vancouver. The Warriors are starting to buy into Curt Malawsky’s philosophy, and it’s showing on the floor. Colorado desperately needs some of their injured personnel back on the floor before the season is lost.

ALB @ SASK

Albany. The FireWolves are hotter than any other team right now, save for maybe Halifax. This one will come down to goaltending, and I have to give Doug Jamieson the edge.

Shawn Slaght:

Philadelphia vs Halifax

Pick – Halifax

A healthy Wings team and this might be a different story but too many key guys are out of the line up. On the other hand, Halifax is rolling and proving they are one of the best teams in the league.

Georgia vs Buffalo

Pick – Buffalo

Even though I’m taking Buffalo I think Georgia can keep this game close. The Swarm are a very good team but Buffalo are the defending champs for a reason. Even if Buffalo wins it’ll only be by a goal or two.

Rochester vs San Diego

Pick – San Diego

This is going to be the measuring stick for Rochester. San Diego’s defense and goaltending has been questionable. However, I’m not sure how Riley Hutchcraft will fair against the likes of Curtis Dickson, Wes Berg and Dane Dobbie. He’s played well but how will he stand up against that fire power.

Toronto vs New York

Pick – Toronto

I feel like this is almost a lock. Toronto is firing on all cylinders and if they get Tom Schreiber back in the fold then the rich just get richer. As for New York, if they want to have any hope, they need a full team effort to help Jeff Teat out.

Las Vegas vs Calgary

Pick – Calgary

Las Vegas is struggling right now and, with the unified standings, they will need to figure it out quickly. Calgary isn’t as bad as their record shows and should be able to handle the Desert Dogs.

Vancouver vs Colorado

Pick – Vancouver

Like Philadelphia, injuries are already taking its toll on the Mammoth. A good chunk of their roster is on the IR and that’s hard to come back from. For Vancouver, Curt Malawsky has turned the culture around over there and this team is learning to win again.

Albany vs Saskatchewan


Pick – Albany

Boy, I struggled with this one. I really think Saskatchewan turned a corner in the last couple of weeks and are showing they are a dangerous team. If I was a betting man, I’d put money on the “over” because these are two high-powered offences. I think it comes down to two factors: 1) Goaltending and which Frank Scigliano shows up and 2) Saskatchewan tends to have at least one stretch each game where they have lapses and it will cost you in a close game.

Gary Groob:

Philadelphia vs. Halifax

Halifax wins.

The Thunderbirds are on a mission this year!  Philadelphia is ailing, and missing big pieces.  This will be over early.

Georgia vs. Buffalo

Buffalo wins.

Buffalo found their mojo against San Diego.  Georgia has played well, but are also susceptible to giving up big plays.  The Bandits offense is healthy and hungry.  They will give Brett Dobson a busy evening in the Swarm net.

Rochester vs. San Diego

Rochester wins.

While I think the offenses match up well, I still am not sold on the Seals defense.  This will be a close game, but look for the Knighthawks to stay undefeated.

New York vs. Toronto

Toronto wins.

The Rock are having a good year so far, and the chemistry is good.  Look for Mark Matthews to have another big evening.  Jeff Teat needs a righty to step up and help if the Riptide have any hope of the upset.

Las Vegas vs. Calgary

Calgary wins.

The Roughnecks are too talented to go down 0-3. Look for an early Calgary lead that goes wire to wire.  Christian Del Bianco will be a star in the Roughnecks net.  Vegas needs to find more offense, but I don’t think this will be the opponent that it happens to.

Vancouver vs. Colorado

Vancouver wins.

The Warriors have been a much improved team.  The Mammoth are getting stronger, but still aren’t there yet.  Vancouver has bought into the Malawsky system and have been gelling more and more each game.  Look for another solid performance on the road.

Albany vs. Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan wins.

This will be much closer than most think.  While the FireWolves are undefeated, two of the three wins have been over unproven teams.  The Rush have improved in each game, and can score a lot.  Look for the upset of the week here.

Eduardo Curros:

Halifax is way to over powered for even a healthy Philadelphia team. Halifax is going to have a night..

Georgia has got the magic happening right now. Even Buffalo is going to have to pull a few tricks to stay in this game.

San Diego has been very impressive… Hutchcraft is a great goalie but San Diego offense is going to be alot to handle.

Toronto will win by alot…New York has the second or first best player int the league…but he isn’t the entire team…

Calgary by a 1. Two very evenly matched teams but Christian Del Bianco is the ace.

Vancouver will win over Colorado…this team put up a tremendous fight over Rochester…expect an injured Colorado to be less challenging.

Albany has been full up surprises this season… but the secrets out…Rush are looking better but Albany is a contender.. I am saying Albany by 1.

Pat Bernard:

Philadelphia vs. Halifax

Halilfax

Georgia vs. Buffalo

Georgia

Rochester vs. San Diego

Rochester

New York vs. Toronto

Toronto

Las Vegas vs. Calgary

Calgary

Vancouver vs. Colorado

Colorado

Albany vs. Saskatchewan

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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