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GAME PICKS: NLL Week 20

A light, but important Week 20 schedule in the National Lacrosse League. Two East battles have playoff tie breaker implications along with seeding position. The march to the post-season continues starting Saturday night so let’s get to it!

 

NLL staff members Andy McNamara, Tyson Geick, Ashley Docking, Pat Gregoire and Brian Shanahan deliver their game predictions every week.

 

Send us your picks @NLL on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook using the specific game hashtags for each match-up below.

 

New England Black Wolves (8-8) at Rochester Knighthawks (9-7) – Saturday, 7:30pm ET

 

Andy

If the East has taught us anything this season it’s to expect the unexpected. Trends have been difficult to track with the incredible log jam all year. However, Rochester is proving to separate themselves at the right time. Despite the Black Wolves late push, the Knighthawks are just too good right now.

 

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Shanny

 

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Ashley

New England hasn’t won three games straight since January, so I apologize if I’m not on this bandwagon that they’ve made a total 180.

 

Have they played better? Yes! Are consecutive wins against two West Division opponents impressive?  Absolutely. However, Rochester is on a different level than Colorado and Calgary at the moment. Not only can they rattle off 16, 17 goals on any given night, but losing two games back-to-back to the Black Wolves almost seems like it was a different season.

 

Knighthawks are playing at home this post-season.

 

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Tyson

 

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Pat

 

Pick: Knighthawks

 

Tweet at @NLL using #NEvsROC

 

Toronto Rock (7-9) at Buffalo Bandits (8-8) – 7:30pm ET

 

Andy

The “must win” cliche actually applies here as Toronto needs a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. This is also an important divisional tie breaker as the two clubs have split the season series 1-1. What more could lacrosse fans ask for then a pivotal matchup between two heated rivals?

 

Desperation rules the day as the Rock keep the East log jammed.

 

Pick: Rock

 

Shanny

 

Pick: Bandits

 

Ashley

Let’s go with Toronto in this one. They have Tom Schreiber back, Buffalo has been a bit inconsistent as of late and oh ya, they literally have no choice but to win if they want to have a shot at the playoffs. If that’s not motivation I’m not sure what is.

 

Pick: Rock

 

Tyson

 

Pick: Rock

 

Pat

 

Pick: Rock

 

Tweet at @NLL using #TORvsBUF

 

Calgary Roughnecks (7-9) at Vancouver Stealth (2-14) – Saturday, 10pm ET

 

Andy

 

Last kick at the can for Vancouver to get a win in front of their home faithful. The Roughnecks are trying to balance staying finely tuned and focused, while not getting injured with only two weeks left to play. Stealth squeak out a one goal victory and send the crowd away happy.

 

Pick: Stealth

 

Shanny

 

Pick: Roughnecks

 

Ashley

Not a lot on the line in this game. Calgary is looking to stay on form for the playoffs and not sustain any undue injuries, while Vancouver would probably like to finish on a high note. It’s their last home game of the season, is it so hard to believe they reward fans for their loyalty and support all year? Stealth for the dub.

 

Pick: Stealth

 

Tyson

 

Pick: Roughnecks

 

Pat

 

Pick: Roughnecks

 

Tweet at @NLL using #CGYvsVAN

 

Check out my “NLL Rookie Watch – 2018 Review” piece here: https://bit.ly/2qGuKu2

 

Andy McNamara has been a play-by-play commentator for the NLL on TSN, NLLTV.com, and world lacrosse tournaments since 2011. He’s also a sport talk host and anchor on TSN 1050 sports radio. Follow Andy on twitter @AndyMc81.

 

 

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