NLL Playoff ‘Pickems

The All Lacrosse Crew continue their insights and picks through the NLL playoffs.

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“Muffler” Mike……0-0
Ryan…………………..0-0

Quarter-Finals:

“Muffler” Mike Kostiuk:

HFX@ TOR

Toronto. It’s tempting to take the Thunderbirds based on the momentum they have coming off the “win or go home” triumph against Georgia. However, the Rock are rested  and (finally!) fully healthy on both sides of the ball. That’s just enough of an edge to squeak out a win.

COL @ SD

San Diego. Forget last week – last year’s playoffs is what the Seals really want revenge for. Colorado will keep it close, but ultimately there will be a new champion this year.

ROC @ BUF

Rochester. You’ve heard the saying “Act like you’ve been here before”. This iteration of the Knighthawks franchise hasn’t been here before, but I believe it makes them all the more dangerous, especially after last week’s debacle against Philly.

PCLC @ CGY

Calgary. This game will come down to transition, plain and simple. With both teams having Week 22 off, expect a track meet. The Roughnecks have just a bit more in that department than Panther City does.

Shawn Slaght:

Halifax vs Toronto

Pick – Toronto

The Rock have been snake-bit when it comes to the playoffs. This year’s version of the team is scary good. The problem with Halifax is they have been inconsistent all year. I have to go with the hot hand that is the Rock.

Colorado vs San Diego

Pick – San Diego

Boy, I don’t feel good about this pick. If it wasn’t for a slow start last weekend Colorado could have won. I have to go with San Diego because of that high-powered offence.

Rochester vs Buffalo

Pick – Buffalo

Buffalo needs to make a statement early. Anything short of a championship is a failure. Rochester is limping into the playoffs and need to find their mojo again or it’ll be a long night.

Panther City vs Calgary

Pick – Calgary

Another West match that could be an upset. PCLC is likely the only other team in the league that can match Calgary’s transition game. Nick Damude has had a career year vs Christian Del Bianco. I have to give Calgary a slight nod as they have a few more weapons up their sleeve.

Gary Groob:

Halifax vs. Toronto

Toronto wins.

Everything the Rock has done this year will be deemed a failure if they don’t win this year.  A healthy Rock squad will edge an upstart Thunderbirds squad to get to the Semi-Finals.  Look for Toronto to push the pace early, catching Halifax flat-footed.

Colorado vs. San Diego

Colorado wins.

This is my upset of the week!  The goaltending in San Diego has been questionable all year.  Dillon Ward is a big game goalie in net for the Mammoth.  Yes there is a lot of fire power in San Diego, but let’s not forget the offense that Colorado has as well.  I might even lean towards the defense of Colorado.

Rochester vs. Buffalo

Buffalo wins.

If this game took place three weeks ago, I might have chosen Rochester.  Buffalo wasn’t healthy, and hadn’t been playing well.  Fast-forward to this week, Fraser, Nanticoke, Cloutier, MacKay, and Byrne are all back, healthy, and in sync.  Could be a long night for the Knighthawks.

PCLC vs. Calgary

Calgary wins.

The Roughnecks have shown all year they can play any style of game.  With Christian Del Bianco in net, they can afford to take a few more risks than most teams.  Panther City has come a long way, and if they can limit the Calgary transition game could very well steal this game.  I lean to Calgary, but wouldn’t be shocked either way.

Ryan McMichael:

Halifax vs. Toronto

Toronto

Colorado vs. San Diego

San Diego

Rochester vs. Buffalo

Buffalo

PCLC vs. Calgary

Calgary

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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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