All Lacrosse All The Time Weekly NLL Pick ‘Ems – Week 7

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

Week 6:

Pat…………………….3-1
Gary…………………..2-2
“Muffler” Mike…..4-0
Shawn……………….3-1
Eduardo…………….3-1

Year To Date:

Pat…………………….20-10
Shawn……………….19-11
Gary…………………..17-13
Eduardo……………..17-13
“Muffler” Mike……16-14

Week 7 picks:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:

TOR @ HFX

Halifax. In just two weeks, the Thunderbirds have gone from the handful of NLL Cup favorites to the handful of teams questioning and soul-searching. This game is an absolute must-win for them to stay in the mix.

SD @ LV

San Diego. Part 1 of a double-road doubleheader should see the Seals offense outshoot the Vegas offense to a win.

BUF @ ROC

Rochester. I’m not sold on the Bandits having completely woken up from the Championship hangover, nor am I sold on the Knighthawks being helpless without an injured Rylan Hartley in net.  Rochester finds a way to squeak out a win with the home floor advantage.

SASK @ PHI

Philadelphia. The Rush will be a feisty team all season, but I think they’ll be trying to punch a bit too much above their weight in this one.

PCLC @ NY

Panther City. As good as New York looked last week, there’s no way of knowing if they can duplicate that performance. While 1-3, Panther City has kept every game close and has shown that they can play from behind and compete every week.

ALB @ GA

Georgia. I believe the goalie matchup here is even, so I have to lean towards the veteran experience of the Swarm edging out a win in Sting City in their only regular-season matchup this year.

SD @ COL

San Diego. The Seals offense continues to roll in Part 2 of the doubleheader, this time over a depleted and deflated Mammoth squad.

CGY @ VAN

Vancouver. They’ve had 2 weeks to stew on yet another second-half collapse. If they want to contend, the Warriors have to get the bad taste of that last game out of their mouths.

Shawn Slaght:

Toronto vs Halifax

Pick – Toronto

It’s tempting to go with Halifax. I think it any team can beat the Rock it’s the Thunderbirds. However, Toronto is just too well rounded as a team.

San Diego vs Las Vegas

Pick – San Diego

This will likely be a lopsided affair. Las Vegas is struggling on many levels. San Diego’s defense and goaltending has been suspect but it’s nothing they can’t overcome.

Buffalo vs Rochester

Pick – Buffalo

The Bandits are riding high right now and getting back to their championship form. Rochester has looked good but with their starting goaltender it could be a tough task to beat Buffalo.

Saskatchewan vs Philadelphia

Pick – Saskatchewan

A 1-3 record doesn’t do this Rush team justice. They pushed to very good teams in Rochester and Albany to the limit. Philly’s defense has been pedestrian and Saskatchewan has a very high-powered offence.

Panther City vs New York

Pick – New York

The Riptide have found their stride and one win can sometimes do wonders for a team’s confidence. Panther City has been wildly inconsistent and Nick Damude has been struggling.

Albany vs Georgia

Pick – Georgia

The Swarm are on a role. Brett Dobson is a bonafide start in this league and the offense is going Lyle Thompson help. Take nothing away from Albany but I think this is the week they take their first loss.

San Diego vs Colorado

Pick – San Diego

Normally I would think this would be a walk for San Diego. However, playing the back-to-back games having to travel to the Loud House is going to work in Colorado’s favour. The Mammoth having looked like the championship calibre team they once were. The Seals will take it but it could see this being a one or two goal game.

Calgary vs Vancouver

Pick – Vancouver

It’s hard to tell where either one of these teams stand. Both have shown brilliance at times and at other times have underperformed. I just get the feeling Vancouver is going to want it more as they try to bring a winning culture back.

Gary Groob:

Toronto vs. Halifax

Toronto wins.

The Rock’s defense should be able to hold the Thunderbirds offense.  Toronto has too many offensive weapons for Halifax.   If the Thunderbirds get in penalty trouble, it could be over early.

San Diego vs. Las Vegas

San Diego wins.

This is a mismatch.   San Diego is full steam ahead, while the Desert Dogs are still trying to find an identity.  If Vegas can’t get at least 12 on the board, this will be a long night.

Buffalo vs. Rochester

Buffalo wins.

The Bandits finally showed up last week.  Role players, stars, goaltending were all working well.  While the Knighthawks have looked good, they still are having trouble on defense.   Buffalo will feast on any defensive gaffs.

Saskatchewan vs. Philadelphia

Saskatchewan wins.

Philly is still having major injury problems.  They survived a lot of their offense being out, but now a good chunk of their defense is out as well.  Saskatchewan is a better team than their record indicates.   Look for the Rush offense to have a memorable game.

Panther City vs. New York

Panther City wins.

Panther City is a good team!  They have had some tough luck, but don’t rest on them.  While the Riptide played well last week, the PCLC is a tougher opponent.  If they can limit Jeff Teat, they will win.

Albany vs. Georgia

Georgia wins.

Albany has one glaring flaw this year…their power-play.   Georgia is a strong team with great offensive weapons, good transition, solid (and big) defense, plus an all-star goalie.  This will be the toughest test to date for the FireWolves.

San Diego vs. Colorado

San Diego wins.

San Diego is on the second half of a back to back weekend.  While normally I wouldn’t go with the travel team here, Colorado has been really off this year so far.  The Mammoth will need to put together a full 60 minutes if they hope to upset the Seals.

Calgary vs. Vancouver

Vancouver wins.

After a tough loss in which they were shut down totally in the second half, and a bye week afterwards, the Warriors are frothing at the mouth.  While I think Calgary is a good team (and normally I would pick them in this game), Vancouver will be playing for pride, and to keep their jobs.  Nothing is scarier than a wounded animal!

Eduardo Curros:

Toronto vs. Halifax

Toronto is too on fire to be stopped and Halifax is doing great but I am not sure they have enough to stop Toronto. Toronto by 2

San Diego vs. Las Vegas

San Diego is too much fire power.

Buffalo vs. Rochester

Buffalo is awake and Rochester has a goalie questions. Buffalo by 4

Saskatchewan vs. Philadelphia

Saskatchewan is finding its legs and Philadelphia although getting back to healthy has some questionable gaps. Saskatchewan Rush by 2

Panther City vs. New York

Panther City put up a great battle last week and consistently put a great game. NY has been looking better but very jekyll and Hyde. Panther City by 2.

Albany vs. Georgia

Albany vs Georgia….Albany by 1…too much fire power and might be too much, even for Dobson.

San Diego vs. Colorado

San Diego playing a double header…vs a not 100% Colorado. Colorado by 1

Vancouver vs. Calgary

Vancouver vs. Calgary. Vancouver is finding it’s legs and expect the offense to put up a show. Vancouver by 1.

Pat Bernard:

Toronto vs. Halifax

Toronto

San Diego vs. Las Vegas

San Diego

Buffalo vs. Rochester

Rochester

Saskatchewan vs. Philadelphia

Saskatchewan

Panther City  vs. New York

Riptide

Albany vs. Georgia

Swarm with the upset

San Diego vs. Colorado

Colorado

Calgary vs. Vancouver

Vancouver

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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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